Teacher charged with sexual assault of student

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Placed on administrative leave, bond set at $15,000
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Timothy D. Grimes (courtesy Oconto County Sheriff's Office)

The Suring School Board is planning a special meeting Thursday night to discuss "the procedural status of an investigation into alleged employee misconduct."

The meeting was posted Tuesday, the day a Suring teacher was arrested and charged with six counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff.

Timothy D. Grimes, 24, allegedly climbed into the bed of a 17-year-old girl while staying with the girl's family overnight between 10 and 20 times during April and May, performing sexual acts, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

The girl did not welcome the advances but didn't tell anyone for fear of causing problems and "she felt like no one would believe her because Tim is a school teacher and a coach," the complaint said.

The girl eventually confided in her parents and gave a statement to authorities on July 26, according to the complaint.

Judge Michael T. Judge set bond at $15,000 cash and ruled that if Grimes posts bail, he must have no contact with the victim or her family or with Suring School District property, must maintain absolute sobriety, and may have no contact with any minors without adult supervision.

Judge adjourned Grimes' initial appearance until 10 a.m. Aug. 9. Documents pertaining to a search warrant executed at Grimes' Mill Street apartment were sealed to protect the girl's identity.

The School Board plans to meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, 411 E. Algoma St. The meeting begins with questions and comments from the public, but the agenda notes that the board "would prefer personnel issues not be brought up during public input." A closed session is planned to discuss the process, and the board will reconvene in open session to take possible action on items discussed in executive session.

A news release Wednesday afternoon from the Oconto County Sheriff's Office indicated that the school district has counselors on hand to discuss the situation with students, and the sheriff's department said concerns about the matter should be directed to the school district office.

"The No. 1 priority of the Suring School District is to ensure the safety and well-being of their students," the release said. "Considering that, the teacher in question has been placed on administrative leave."