An ex-Wisconsin educator is involved in physically assaulting a high school girl “just about every day” in his office 10 years ago, police tell.
He sometimes removed her from class for lewd acts, according to the sources.
Curtiss Tolefree Jr., who’s the principal of an elementary school in Zion, Illinois, was indicted for physical assault of a student, the school district declared on Monday.
Police respond Tolefree physically assaulted the girl at Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, while he was dean of the student. She informed investigators that she got in difficulty as a student and was sent to Tolefree’s office.
The physical assaults then started happening often while she was junior and senior in 2008 and 2009.
The crimes occurred at the school, Tolefree’s house and hotels, police told. Often, Tolefree and the girl have intimate relations after school before he took her home. Other times, he called her into his office for lewd acts.
Zion Elementary School District 6 placed Tolefree on administrative leave. He is the dean of Beulah Park Elementary School.
Soon after Tolefree got the job in Illinois last year, he was blamed for getting physical with subordinates, lewd acts in a school building and during conference trips, and interfering with the district’s investigation.
At the moment, Tolefree rejected the allegations through his attorney, and Zion school district officials refused to comment on whether they knew of the Wisconsin investigation before hiring him.
If condemned, Tolefree could go to jail for up to 19 years.