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Whitewater schools employee arrested, facing charges for accused sexual relationship with child

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Posted at 5:48 PM, Jul 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-26 23:21:06-04

WHITEWATER, Wis. — A 34-year-old Whitewater schools employee is facing charges after police say he was having an ongoing sexual relationship with a child.

According to the Whitewater Police Department, officers responded to Clay and Wisconsin for a report of a suicidal man around 10 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Officers identified the man as 34-year-old Anthony Hanson, who had been in an ongoing sexual relationship with a minor. He is also an employee of the Whitewater Unified School District (WUSD). He worked in the Instructional Technology Department.

Police say staff began an investigation and are working closely with WUSD staff. A charge of Sexual Assault of a Child by a School Staff Person has been forwarded to the Walworth County District Attorney's Office, according to the Whitewater Police Department. Additional charges may be forwarded in the future as the investigation continues.

WUSD issued the following statement Tuesday:

"Although we cannot share further details at this time due to the ongoing investigation, the District takes this matter extremely seriously. We are assisting the Whitewater Police Department’s investigation, and we encourage students and families who need extra support to contact the District for counseling services. Counselors will be available at Whitewater High School in the Students Services Office for any students who need extra support or someone to talk to on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00-3:00."

Others who have information relevant to this case are asked to contact the Whitewater Police Department at 262-473-0555, or by contacting Detective Jacob Hintz directly at jhintz@whitewater-wi.gov. Anonymous tips may also be shared using P3Tips.com.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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