Kimberly teacher arrested during Winneconne school investigation

Winneconne police say the investigation involves allegations of inappropriate behavior
Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 1:21 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2022 at 9:58 PM CDT
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KIMBERLY, Wis. (WBAY) - A 24-year-old teacher from the Appleton area is in the Winnebago County Jail in an investigation related to an area school district.

The Winneconne Police Department says the man is being held on a felony charge after an investigation conducted by a Winneconne school resource officer. The police department adds he may be referred to the Winnebago County district attorney’s office for several other charges in what it calls “a very fluid and active investigation.”

In a post on Facebook, Winneconne police wrote, “We cannot disclose details at this time other than to say the allegations involved inappropriate behavior.”

The police department confirmed the man was teaching in Kimberly but was placed on administrative leave.

As we reported earlier Friday, the Kimberly Area School District said high school teacher Brian Brown was placed on leave after it learned about allegations of “inappropriate conduct” with students from another district. Kimberly officials say the allegations came from a time when Brown was serving as a teacher with another district.

Normally we don’t name people before criminal charges are filed, but in this case, investigators are looking for any other possible victims to come forward, if there are any.

A letter to parents from the Winneconne Community School District Administrator says it’s can’t share specifics because it’s an ongoing investigation:

“The district was recently made aware of a situation involving a former staff member. The district is currently investigating the situation as well as working closely with other entities, including law enforcement, as part of the investigation of this situation. At this time, the district is not aware of any present threat to the health, safety or welfare of any district students. This is an ongoing matter. The District is not able to share any specific information at this time,” District Administrator Peggy Larson wrote.

Fox Valley Metro police tell Action 2 News that so far there is no evidence of any victims in the Kimberly Area School District but anyone with information should contact Fox Valley Metro Police at (920) 788-7505.

“There is currently no evidence to indicate that any Kimberly Area School District students were involved in the alleged misconduct. While we understand members of the school community may have questions and concerns regarding this situation, please understand that the district is restricted as to the information it can share, as this matter remains under investigation. However, please be assured that the health, safety and well-being of our students remain the district’s highest priority,” reads a statement from the Kimberly school district.

According to school board documents, Brown was hired in Kimberly back in April as a social studies teacher with an official start date of August 23. Online information about Brown, including a welcome letter, has already been taken off the district’s website.

We reached out to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, and we are awaiting further details about the allegations.

High school teacher Brian Brown is on leave after allegations were made in another school district and investigators look for other possible victims