2nd grade teacher charged with sexually assaulting students in Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A 2nd grade teacher at Green Bay’s Baird Elementary School was formally charged Thursday with sexually assaulting students. David Villareal, 46, was arrested Wednesday and is now charged with two counts of first-degree child sexual assault of a child under 13 and a count of repeated acts of sexual assault of a child. Each charge carries up to 40 to 60 years in prison if he’s convicted.
Villareal appeared in court before a judge and Brown County prosecutor.
“Would there be somebody on your end that can check out to see if I’ve been let go by the school district,” Villareal asked.
“I can’t do that, I don’t know the situation,” Brown County Circuit Court Commissioner Chad Resar responded.
According to the criminal complaint in Brown County court, a 7th grade student at another school came forward in March and reported Villareal patted her squeezed her buttocks or thighs every day when she was in his 2nd grade class. She described Villareal always complimenting her, but she thought the compliments weren’t professional. He would make comments that her older sister should come to conferences with her, and that he hoped her mother got a divorce so he could date her mom.
She described Villareal regularly asking her and 4 other girls to have lunch with him. She said it was considered a privilege. They would eat in a smaller side room to the classroom where there was a box with candy and small toys. Children who were good could get a gift. The girl said she remembered it was mostly girls who would get a toy or candy.
The girl said she came forward after she was having nightmares for the last two or three months about men grabbing her legs and she told her best friend, who said the same thing happened to her.
“It was alleged that he told that child several times not to tell anyone about what he was doing, which obviously goes to knowledge of what he was doing, the severity of it, and the potential consequences if he were caught,” Hannah Schuchart, an assistant district attorney in Brown County, said.
Police interviewed another girl, who reported the teacher touching or slapping her butt in 2017. The girl said she didn’t think her mom believed her. She added that the school had the girl meet with the teacher to confront him, which made her uncomfortable, and she always felt the teacher was glaring at her. Her mother took her out of Baird Elementary shortly after.
Another girl who was interviewed said Villareal touched her, waving her hand over her genital area. She said it only happened once. She said Villareal would invite students to stay in his classroom and usually only picked girls and would feed them with his hands.
When police arrested and interviewed Villareal, he denied touching any children, and adamantly denied touching any girl’s genitals. He also said he never told a girl he hoped her mother would get a divorce so he could be with her mom. He said he did offer to pay children if they could find him a girlfriend but it was in a joking manner. He couldn’t explain why three girls would make allegations against him and denied there was anything inappropriate.
He said the only time he was disciplined as a teacher was when he got drunk the night before a teacher in-service and arrived at work training with the smell of intoxicants.
His bond was set at $50,000 and he’s scheduled to appear in court on April 22.
“My mom’s birthday is on the 18th and I would like to at least spend some time with her,” Villareal said in an effort to lower his bond, which was denied.
Before the formal charges were filed, the Green Bay Area Public School District confirmed Villareal was put on leave after his arrest for “allegations of inappropriate contact between himself and students.” Villareal was arrested Wednesday.
Villareal taught at Baird Elementary School for 7 years.
The following letter was sent to Baird families and staff:
Dear Baird Families & Staff:
The Green Bay Area Public School District was made aware that the Green Bay Police Department has arrested teacher David Villareal for allegations of inappropriate contact between himself and students at Baird Elementary School. Mr. Villareal was placed on administrative leave. Mr. Villareal has been employed with the Green Bay Area Public School District since 2014, and worked at Baird Elementary.
Student safety is the District’s highest priority. As this is an ongoing investigation, the District is unable to provide any additional information. We respectfully request that anyone who has information contact the Green Bay Police Department.
Green Bay Area Public School District Administration
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