By Shereen Siewert
A former D.C. Everest teacher could spend up to 40 years in the Wisconsin Prison System after he was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a child younger than 16.
Peter Schmidt, 57, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors this week, avoiding a trial that would have started in February. In addition to the sexual assault charge, Schmidt was also convicted of possession of THC, but all other charges against him were dismissed in the deal.
Police say Schmidt, of Mosinee, met a 14-year-old girl on a social media app called Whisper and began communicating with one another on a regular basis. Schmidt eventually persuaded the girl to meet him for sex, picking her up in August 2016 and driving her to his home. There, police say, he tied the girl to the bedpost using neckties and sexually assaulted her.
About a year later, the girl was contacted by a woman who wanted to know why she had been chatting with Schmidt and told the girl Schmidt was her boyfriend. The woman, whose name was not in court documents, revealed Schmidt’s real name to the girl.
The girl’s parents called police.
Police searched Schmidt’s home and discovered a stash of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which were seized by officers, according to court documents.
Schmidt was initially released on bond, but broke his bond conditions on multiple occasions, resulting in an array of additional charges, all of which have been dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
His latest bond amount, $50,000 cash, remains in effect.
Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Huber ordered a presentencing investigation be completed within 45 days, which will be used in determining Schmidt’s fate.
Schmidt is no longer employed by the D.C. Everest School District, where he spent 28 years of his career. He was fired by the district after the allegations surfaced. The child sex charges were filed against Schmidt Aug. 24, 2018 in Marathon County Circuit Court.
A sentencing hearing is set for April 17.