Plea deal reached in 1990 teacher sex assault

Published on: 7/8/2010

Waukesha — A former Waukesha County teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting one of his students in 1990.

Ronald A. Schaefer, 49, of Skokie, Ill. entered the plea to an amended charge of third-degree sexual assault. A second count of second degree sexual assault was dismissed.

His attorney, Kathleen Stilling, said Waukesha County prosecutors have agreed to recommend three years of probation at Schaefer's sentencing Aug. 20. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

Schaefer was charged in May 2006 after a then 30-year-old woman told Brookfield police she had had a sexual relationship Schaefer when she was in eighth grade. Schaefer taught and coached at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, N87-W16171 Kenwood Blvd., Menomonee Falls, at that time. The assaults took place in Brookfield.

By 2006, he had become a teacher, administrator and coach at a large Lutheran high school in Chicago. He was suspended after his arrest, and has not been a teacher since, his attorney said.

Schaefer's efforts to obtain police reports about the victim's accusations prior to his preliminary hearing wound up going to the state Supreme Court, which upheld the trial court's denial of the records.