The Brown County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of a 27 year-old Hobart man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child.
Wayne Makela was arrested Wednesday. The Brown County Sheriff’s Department says he is a teacher and coach at Pilgrim Lutheran school in Green Bay.
Investigators say the assault may have happened to a child under the age of 16. The suspect was in a position of trust at a church and school in Green Bay, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School confirmed to NBC26 that the suspect teaches a technology class and serves as youth director and basketball coach.
The following charges will be forwarded to the Brown County District Attorney’s office:
2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child
Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime
Exposing a Child to Harmful Materials or Harmful Descriptions or Narrations
Sexual Assault by a School Staff Person or person who works or volunteers with children
Makela made his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon. A judge set bond at $500,000. Makela was ordered to have no contact with the victim, or any other minors.
The news sending shockwaves throughout the community. Especially for Kim Allen whose son went to pre-school at Pilgrim.
“It’s very unfortunate for this child and his family I couldn’t imagine.”
And also a warning for parents like Richard Demo.
“Communicating with your kids and making sure you know what’s going on.”
Another reason to keep a close eye on your children.