A substitute teacher has been arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching a Badger Ridge Middle School student.
The child’s parent told Verona police that Dustin Schallert, 30, of Madison, had inappropriately touched her Friday, March 6. according to a news release from City of Verona police department. It said the department recommended charges of second degree sexual assault of a child.
Several other students also reported Schallert’s behavior to BRMS staff, including inappropriate touching and braiding female students’ hair, even after some students asked him to stop, the release said.
BRMS principal Alan Buss sent out a statement to families on Monday, March 9, stating school administration immediately took action when students brought allegations of inappropriate touching. Within 15 minutes of students reporting the behavior, school administration escorted Schallert off of the property.
“Mr. Schallert was also informed he would be removed from the substitute teaching list until further notice and that he was prohibited from being present at any VASD school or having contact with any VASD student,” the release said.
Prior to Friday, the district hadn’t received any reports of concerning behavior done by Schallert, the release stated.
In the release, school administration apologized that students had been subjected to the “degrading and humiliating behavior,” and pledged to provide students and families support and counseling to reduce the trauma from the behavior.
“The staff at Badger Ridge have worked very hard to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all of our students,” the release read. “We understand this news may shake the confidence of students and parents alike in our ability to provide that safe environment for learning. We will amplify our efforts in the wake of these events.”
Schallert was arrested Saturday, March 7, and taken to the Dane County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing. Police encourage anyone with additional information to call the department at 845-7623.