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BURNETT COUNTY -- A criminal complaint has been filed in Burnett County Circuit Court against a Hayward, WI teacher alleging that he showed sexual photos that were stored on his phone to multiple children.
On October 6, 2021, law enforcement received information that an adult male in a Toyota Highlander had approached two female children in the parking lot of the Grantsburg Middle School, asking if they had seen a puppy. The man had then allegedly shown the children a photo of an adult male penis and then drove away.
Law enforcement received additional reports that on several other occasions an adult male had approached children at various locations in the vicinity of Grantsburg, WI; asked them if they had seen a puppy; and then showed a phone to the children with a photo of an adult male penis displayed. Law enforcement also obtained surveillance footage of at least one of the reported incidents.
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One of the juvenile witnesses stated that when the photo was shown, they shouted at the adult male to go kill himself or die. Multiple witnesses were able to provide descriptions of the adult male, the vehicle the male was driving, and the license plate number. The information provided by the witnesses resulted in the identification of Bryan Neuswanger, as the suspect.
On October 8, 2021, Special Agents of the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation interviewed Neuswanger. Neuswanger told the Special Agents that he was a teacher with the Hayward School District and that he lived alone with his dog. When asked to tell the Agents what he knew about the alleged incident, Neuswanger said that he had dropped off a friend at the airport in Minneapolis-St. Paul and started driving back to Hayward.
Initially, Neuswanger said that he stopped in Grantsburg because he was getting tired and having a hard time seeing the road. He said that he pulled into the Grantsburg Middle School to take a break from driving. He then approached two female students who were approximately 13 years of age because he felt like making conversation with someone. Neuswanger said that he showed them a photo of his dog, but they responded by telling him to “go kill yourself”. He said that he was confused by their reaction, and left the area to travel to Hayward.
Neuswanger allegedly later admitted that on more than one occasion he had traveled to Grantsburg, WI; approached children; and shown photographs of his penis to them before driving away.
The criminal complaint filed against Neuswanger alleges that he also admitted to being sexually attracted to juveniles, however stated that he had never engaged in any sexually inappropriate activities with any of his students or any other juveniles. Neuswanger was taken into custody.
Online circuit court records show that Neuswanger appeared for a bond hearing on October 11, 2021, at which the Hon. Judge Mogen ordered a $1,500 cash bond for him with conditions prohibiting him from having any contact with any juveniles. Neuswanger’s bond was posted the next day.
Charges filed against Neuswanger include four counts of Class I Felony Exposing a Child to Harmful Material; four counts of Class H Felony Cause Child to View or Listen to Sexual Activity; four counts of Class I Felony Exposing Genitals; and Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct.
Neuswanger made an initial appearance regarding his charges on October 26, 2021, at which he waived his right to a preliminary examination hearing, and the Court found a factual basis to bind the case over for trial. He is scheduled to appear again in December 2021.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.