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Police investigate former coach for claim of improper messaging with kids
Police investigate former coach for claim of improper messaging with kids

A Baraboo elementary teacher and baseball coach has resigned his positions after an internal investigation over what the district called a "personnel matter" and police said is a claim of inappropriate messaging with kids.

David Beckwith confirmed to Channel3000.com via Facebook Wednesday afternoon that he resigned from the Baraboo School District last week.

"The reason that I chose to resign is because I thought it would be best for me and everyone else involved," Beckwith wrote.

In a news release Tuesday, the School District of Baraboo said staff learned of an allegation against the teacher May 10 and he was put on non-disciplinary paid leave pending the investigation. A week later, Beckwith resigned and the board said it accepted his resignation Monday.

The school said it is working in conjunction with the Baraboo Police Department investigating the allegations.

Baraboo police Lt. Rob Sinden said the accusations included improper contact with juveniles "of an electronic communications … nature."

Police declined to specify the manner of alleged electronic communication.

Sinden said the investigation is ongoing and he couldn’t comment on the case in more detail.

"This is not something that's being put on the back burner, this is something that's being actively investigated," he added.

The school and Sinden emphasized that the claims don’t involve the harming students or staff physically.

"The allegations are of an electronic communications ... nature, not any other type of contact," Sinden said.

Sinden also said he doesn’t feel that anyone is in danger at this time.

No charges have been filed. Sinden said he doesn’t have a timeline for how long the investigation may take.

According to the Baraboo School District website, Beckwith was a first-grade teacher at Gordon L. Willson Elementary and was varsity coach for the Thunderbird baseball team.

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