Former Gresham choir teacher bound over for trial in child sex case

Timothy Schmidt

SHAWANO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A former Gresham choir teacher charged in a child sex case has been bound over for trial in Shawano County.

Timothy Schmidt appeared in court Monday morning for a preliminary hearing.

The court found probable cause a felony was committed and ruled the case should move ahead to trial.

Schmidt's attorney requested a closed hearing, citing potential jury issues and embarrassment for the victim. However, the victim did not testify Monday and the court denied the motion.

Schmidt is charged with 24 felonies including Sex Assault of Student by School Staff, Child Sexual Exploitation, and Possession of Child Pornography.

The Gresham Community School District says on March 21, it became aware of a police investigation into the conduct of Schmidt, an elementary music and junior high/high school choir teacher.

Schmidt resigned on March 23, and the school board accepted the resignation.

Schmidt is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. The court ordered him to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and no contact with Gresham High School.

Schmidt's attorney intends to file a request for a new judge to hear the case, according to online court records. The court will take it up when the document is filed.

An arraignment hearing for Schmidt is scheduled for May 8.

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