Complaint: Mishicot teacher accused of child sexual exploitation admitted it was "stupid"

Outagamie County Jail photo

SEYMOUR, Wis. (WBAY) - A man who identifies himself on his Facebook page as a special education teacher in the Mishicot school district was arrested during an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation.

Andy Coenen was charged Thursday in Outagamie County with attempted sexual exploitation of a child. The charge is a felony that carries up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Coenen thought he was chatting with a teenage boy on a dating app.

The undercover officer wrote, "FYI, I just realized ur a bit older, I'm probably too young."

Coenen asked how old he was, and the officer replied, "15."

Coenen wrote, "Oh gotcha, gotcha. I'm cool with talking to ya."

The complaint goes on to say Coenen asked the boy about sexual positions and the size of his penis, and asked for naked pictures throughout their conversations.

Seymour police executed a search warrant on the 300-block of E. Factory St. Wednesday evening for the ICAC investigation and arrested Coenen. Coenen admitted to the conversations and said what he did was "stupid." He said he wanted to help the boy as an athlete.

Coenen made an initial appearance Thursday afternoon and posted a $15,000 cash bond. His next court date is December 26.

Coenen's Facebook page says he left work at Green Bay Preble High School and coaching at Seymour High School at the end of the school year in June and was hired by the Mishicot school district in July.

The School District of Mishicot sent a letter to parents on Thursday saying one of its teachers was arrested but did not identify him. Superintendent Paul Orlich said as far as the district is aware, the "situation" did not involve any Mishicot students or happen on district property.

According to the school district's website, Coenen is a special education teacher, and strength and conditioning coordinator and assistant coach of the varsity football team.

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This morning, the School District of Mishicot was informed by law enforcement authorities that a member of the high school staff has been placed under arrest.

To our knowledge, the arrest was made in relation to an alleged situation that occurred off district property and that did not include any Mishicot students. However, as always, we encourage our students and families to report any inappropriate or potentially illegal activities to the Mishicot Police Department by calling 920-755-4041.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation. Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety and security of our students.

Thank you for your attention to this important communication.

Dr. Paul Orlich, Superintendent
School District of Mishicot