TUESDAY 12/10/19 2:15 p.m.
MENASHA, Wis. (WFRV) — The 27-year-old Greenville man accused of sexually assaulting a child at a Menasha elementary school reportedly touched a five-year-old child, according to the criminal complaint.
The suspect, Alex Patterson, was reportedly a substitute teacher at Clovis Grove Elementary School.
Officials say they were alerted to the incident after a parent brought her child to ThedaCare in Appleton. The child reportedly told her mother that “‘Mr. Teacher Man’ had licked his finger and touched her” inappropriately and had also brought a massager and asked to use it on her.
The incidents, which occurred between September and November, happened in the bathroom connected to the child’s classroom, according to the criminal complaint. The child reportedly did not want to tell her mother about it because “she thought she was going to get in trouble.”
A student teacher who worked in the classroom with Patterson said no students needed help in the bathroom.
The child’s mother told police that her child had usually enjoyed going to school, but began hating going following the incidents with Patterson.
Another parent reportedly stated she had a conversation with Patterson regarding her 5-year-old daughter, who was reportedly telling her classmates that Patterson had touched her inappropriately. When a staff member asked that parent about the conversation, she said Patterson had told her that her child had needed help with her belt.
Patterson reportedly inappropriately touched the second child in the classroom as well. He then allegedly told the child “she should not tell anyone except her parents if she wanted to.”
Numerous students reportedly needed belts in the class and Patterson “took it upon himself to purchase belts for the children.”
Upon investigation, police say they found youth belts for girls in the classroom bathroom, but there were no belts for boys. One belt was in a Ziploc bag that was labeled as fitting the first student mentioned in the report.
Patterson now faces two counts of First Degree Child Sexual Assault – Sexual Contact with a Child Under Age 13 and three counts of Child Enticement.
Greenville man arrested for alleged sexual assault of child in Menasha school district
TUESDAY 12/3/19 5:05 p.m.
MENASHA, Wis. (WFRV) — Menasha Police say a substitute teacher has been arrested for sexual assault of a child.
According to police, the 27-year-old Greenville man had been working as a substitute teacher in the Menasha Joint School District and other area school districts over the past few weeks.
Allegations of possible abuse were reported to the police, officials say. Law enforcement and school officials worked with the Wisconsin Department of Instruction “to suspend the suspect’s ability to have contact with a child in any school in Wisconsin to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff.”
Menasha Police say they continue to investigate the matter and work with other jurisdictions “as there may be other victims not only in Menasha, but other locations in the Fox Valley.”
Charges of First Degree Sexual Assault are being reviewed by the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office, according to police.
No other information is available at this time. If anyone does have information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Menasha Police Department at 920-967-3500.