Former Girl Scout leader accused of child sexual assault released on $500 bond

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A former Girl Scout leader accused of sexual assaulting a child multiple times is out on a $500 signature bond.

According to a criminal complaint released Monday, Faust inappropriately touched a girl for the first time in 2010, when she was five years old.

The sexual assaults happened sometimes twice a month for five years when the girl was at her friends house.

According to the complaint, the assaults stopped in 2015.

Steven Faust appeared in a Dane County court Monday afternoon.

Faust was a Girl Scout leader and volunteer in the Sun Prairie School District.

Steven Faust was arrested by the Sun Prairie Police Department on charges of engaging in repeated acts of child sexual assault of the same child.

Ryan Cox of the Sun Prairie Police Department on Monday called on possible other victims or witnesses to communicate with police.

"We would strongly urge the public that if you recognize this person or you know that your children or you have had any interaction with this person, that you think would be a benefit to our police department to know especially if it's concerning in nature and you think we should be investigating it - please don't hesitate to do that,” Cox said.

According to the complaint, Faust assaulted the child multiple times between 2010 and 2015. Police said Faust had also been communicating with multiple juvenile females through social media.

Badgerland Girl Scout officials fired Faust from his volunteer position upon learning about the investigation. They said they are cooperating with law enforcement.

On Sunday, SPASD officials emailed parents that Faust was a volunteer at three schools between 2009 and 2018.Those schools include Royal Oak Elementary School, Westside Elementary School, and Prairie View Middle School.

The email states in part, "our guidelines for teachers include the recommendation that volunteers in the school are not alone with children. Most often, they assist with reading to our students, helping with math, shelving books, opening milk during lunch, etc. while the classroom teacher or another paid staff person supervises."

Faust is expected to appear in court again on Jan. 28.