DA: DC Everest teacher sex case with teen started with social media

MOSINEE (WAOW) – A D.C. Everest Middle School teacher tied a 14-year-old girl to bedposts at his Mosinee home and sexually assaulted her within weeks of meeting her on social media, according to a criminal complaint.

Peter Schmidt, 56, is charged with four felonies – first-degree sexual assault of a child by use of force, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement and false imprisonment – in the August 2016 incident.

Schmidt was charged Friday and a judge ordered him jailed on a $150,000 signature bond with the first $50,000 in cash. His preliminary hearing for prosecutors to present evidence justifying the charges is Sept. 4.

In a letter to parents issued by The D.C. Everest Area School District, leaders said Schmidt must stay away from district property, indicating no students were involved in the charges and referring questions to the Mosinee Police Department.

The complaint said the girl reported the assault to police May 12, saying she got to know and eventually meet Schmidt using social media sites Whisper and Snapchat in summer 2016.

Schmidt identified himself as "Kyle" and portrayed himself as 22 years old, the complaint said.

During one of their conversations, the girl said she liked to wear makeup and wished she could wear more expensive kinds, the complaint.

"Kyle told her he would buy her some and he bought her about $300 worth of makeup and put it under a tree in a park near where she worked so she could pick it up," the complaint said.

After the girl agreed to go to Schmidt’s home on a Friday night in August 2016, Schmidt sexually assault her after he tied her wrists to the bedpost with men’s neckties, the complaint said.

The girl told investigators that after the assault "Schmidt started acting nice to her and even wiped away her tears at one point" before warning her not to tell anyone and driving her to near her home.

The girl said that after the assault, Schmidt kept contacting her on Snapchat and Whisper before she "blocked him on Snapchat and deleted him on Whisper," the complaint said.

 

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