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Teacher arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child

Police say the De Pere man has served as an educator, but did not specify which district he worked in
Gregory Sawyer mugshot
Gregory Sawyer mugshot(Calumet County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 4:41 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2021 at 5:37 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Police in Appleton say a De Pere man is being held at the Calumet County Jail for allegedly sexually assaulting a child.

According to police, 52-year-old Gregory Sawyer was arrested late Friday for one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child.

The arrest comes after an investigation that started after a victim made accusations against Sawyer that police say were decades old.

The name of the victim was not immediately released.

Appleton Police say Sawyer has had close contact with children due to him being an educator.

Police did not specify which school or school district Sawyer worked in, however, the Green Bay Area Public School District lists Sawyer as a teacher at West High School.

District officials confirmed late Monday afternoon he was hired in the district in 1998. He worked at East High School and Southwest High School before moving to West High School and worked there as a science teacher.

According to the district, Sawyer has been placed on unpaid administrative leave, and additional support services will be provided for students.

You can find the district’s full statement below.

Police are asking for anyone with information, or who may have also been a victim, to call Investigator Meyer at 920-832-534. In addition, police say Detective Graf of the Green Bay Police Department is also taking information about Sawyer, and can be reached at 920-448-3200.

Anyone who is a survivor of sexual assault is urged to contact their local law enforcement, and to file a report.

On Friday, September 17, the Green Bay Area Public School District (GBAPS) was informed that West High School teacher Greg Sawyer was taken into custody by the Appleton Police Department for an allegation of sexual assault of a child that allegedly occurred in 1997. GBAPS has placed Mr. Sawyer on unpaid administrative leave. Mr. Sawyer joined GBAPS in 1998, where he worked briefly at East High School and Southwest High School, prior to serving as a science teacher at West High School. If anyone has additional information related to the allegations, or new information that should be shared with law enforcement, they should contact Detective David Graf at the Green Bay Police Department. He can be reached at 920-448-3200. GBAPS will be providing additional student services support for students. Since this is a personnel matter and the charges are unrelated to GBAPS, no further statements or comments will be provided.

Green Bay Area Public School District on the arrest of West High School teacher Greg Sawyer

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