Teacher Accused of Child Sexual Abuse at St. Mathias & Holy Apostles Schools
On Wednesday, November 14, former Catholic school teacher Kevin Buelow was charged with inappropriately touching students at Holy Apostles Elementary School in New Berlin. Buelow was previously charged with two cases of child sexual assault for incidents that allegedly took place while he was teaching at St. Mathias. The most recent charges include two counts of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age and fourth-degree sexual assault for incidents at Holy Apostles.
According to the criminal complaint, several parents from Holy Apostles contacted law enforcement after Buelow was arrested for the St. Mathias allegations in August. In the latest case, one student told authorities that Buelow covered her with stickers, including over her chest and inner thighs. Two other students have accused Buelow of touching their bras or butts when he forced them to stay inside during recess. Another student said that Buelow wore “Tickle Me Elmo” pajamas on pajama day and had children touch him throughout the day.
The police have issued a warrant for Buelow’s arrest, but as of Thursday afternoon, he is still not in custody. Buelow was placed on suspension at Holy Apostles after the St. Mathias allegations surfaced.
Are Schools Liable For Sexual Assault Committed by Teachers?
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now works in civil court, helping the survivors of sexual violence get the answers and support they deserve. Here is his perspective on the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by school employees:
While most teachers are trustworthy people and positive influences in their communities, a small handful are sexual predators who use their positions of authority and trust as a means to sexually abuse innocent children. When a teacher or any other school employee sexually abuses students, we must make sure the perpetrator is prosecuted before he or she can harm others. Additionally, it’s crucial to make sure the victims get the support they need and that families are aware of their legal rights.
In some cases of school sexual abuse, the district is partially responsible for failing to prevent the abuse. For example, a school could be considered negligent for failing to run a background check and hiring a new employee who has a history of sexual misconduct. If you or someone you love was sexually abused by a school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual assault survivor lawyer.