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Zion elementary school principal charged with sexually assaulting Wisconsin student in 2008

Beulah Park Elementary School in Zion | Photo: Google Street View.

A former Wisconsin school official, who is now the principal of an elementary school in Zion, has been charged with sexually assaulting a student in 2008 at his previous school.

Curtiss W. Tolefree Jr., 42, of the 2200 block of 38th Avenue in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was charged with three counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff and two counts of exposing genitals to a child, court records show.

The Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint Friday charging Tolefree, who is now the principal of Beulah Park Elementary School, 1910 Gilboa Avenue in Zion.

Tolefree resigned as principal of Washington Middle School in Kenosha in 2018 following allegations of sexual relationships with staff at the school before being hired in Zion.

The criminal complaint stated that Kenosha police launched an investigation in fall 2018 after a woman came forward alleging that she had a sexual relationship with Tolefree while she was 17 years old and attending Bradford High School in Kenosha, according to Kenosha News.

At the time, Tolefree was the dean of students at Bradford and the woman, who is referred to as Jane Doe in the complaint, told police she was often sent to Tolefree’s office because she would get in trouble a lot, Kenosha News reported.

“Jane Doe states that after the first time the defendant had sex with her in his office they had sex just about every day at school during her junior year,” the criminal complaint said, adding that construction paper covered Tolefree’s office door window so that staff could not see in his office.

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The criminal complaint also states that Tolefree met the girl for sexual encounters outside of school at his home, his vehicle and area hotels.

In early 2010, the criminal complaint states that Tolefree became jealous after the woman entered into a relationship with someone else, Kenosha News reported.

Tolefree allegedly told the woman, “she should be focusing on school and should not be getting into a relationship with someone.”

“Jane Doe told the defendant that what the defendant and she had been doing was wrong,” the criminal complaint stated.

Tolefree later transferred to Washington Middle School where he resigned in 2018 as the school district was moving forward with terminating him following allegations that he had sex with school staff inside the building.

He was also accused of “targeting vulnerable female employees,” FOX6 News reported. Tolefree was then hired by Zion School District 6 as principal of Beulah Park Elementary School, despite the allegations at his previous school.

Tolefree has not been arrested yet and was ordered to appear in court on January 2 for an initial appearance hearing, court records show.


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