Authorities investigating sexual abuse claim at private school in Shawano

By Shelby Le Duc
Green Bay Press Gazette
November 20, 2017

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SHAWANO - Law enforcement officials are investigating a claim of sexual abuse of children at a private school in Shawano. 

George Lenzner, chief deputy with the Shawano County Sheriff's Office, said the department received an anonymous report last week accusing an employee of St. James Lutheran Church, School and Early Childcare Center of sexually abusing children at the school. 

Timm Griffin, interim senior pastor at the church, said an employee has been placed on administrative leave. However, he added he would not discuss the sexual misconduct allegations and how they relate to the employee on leave. 

"There’s a situation going on in which someone is on leave right now and we're working with the proper authorities," Griffin said. 

Lenzner said it would be premature to disclose names or any other information regarding the report.  

"The department will continue to investigate," he said. "At this point, we don't know if any of it is true and I would hate to ruin someone's career if it isn't true."


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