A 39-year-old former teacher pleaded guilty Monday in Wood County Circuit Court to charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a child.
When Wood County Circuit Court Judge Todd Wolf sentences him June 11, Vesper resident Paul A. Peterson, who resigned his position as technology education teacher at Stevens Point Area Senior High, faces up to 80 years in prison for repeated sexual assault of a child and a related charge. A charge of exposing genitals to a child was dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint, Peterson began having sexual contact with a Wood County girl, younger than 16, about three or four weeks after his wife’s death in November 2010. Since that time, the incidents increased in frequency to once or twice a week, most recently in mid-September.
During Monday’s plea hearing, Wood County Assistant District Attorney Craig Lambert asked Wolf to revoke a $250,000 cash bond set Sept. 22. Peterson is looking at a possible 50-year incarceration, Lambert said.
Peterson’s attorney, Gary Kryshak, said it didn’t make much difference because Peterson hasn’t been able to post the $250,000 cash bond.
Wolf left the cash bond provision in place.
The Stevens Point School Board approved Peterson’s resignation Oct. 24, said Keith Williams, Stevens Point School District director of human resources. The resignation became effective Nov. 1.
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