Girl Scout troop leader arrested for sexual assault in Sun Prairie

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) -- A volunteer Girl Scout leader was arrested in Sun Prairie for repeatedly sexually assaulting a child.

Steven C. Faust

According to the Sun Prairie Police Department, 49-year-old Steven C. Faust was taken into custody after police investigated him for several weeks.

Authorities say the sexual assaults took place between 2010 and 2015. The investigation also uncovered that Faust has been communicating through social media to multiple female juveniles.

According to a statement from Badgerland Girl Scouts, Faust was terminated from his volunteer position upon learning about the investigation. They say they are cooperating with law enforcement with the investigation.

“Our focus is to provide care and assistance to the families impacted. We ask the public to please respect the privacy of our girls and their families during this difficult time so they can focus on healing and moving forward,” said Marci Henderson, CEO of Girl Scouts Wisconsin.

Henderson said police believe the assaults did not happen at a Girl Scout activity.

"This is one of those instances where we were stunned and took action to help the girls, and ensure we do everything we can to support the girls acknowledging that there are just some instances where bad things can happen" said Henderson.

Girl Scout protocol requires every troop to have two unrelated adults, one of whom must be female. Additionally, every troop co-leader and troop volunteer is required to undergo a thorough background check, which Faust had passed at the time.

Henderson said she doesn't believe this could have been prevented with actions by the Girl Scouts.

"We did everything we should have done," said Henderson.

Faust will appear in court on Monday.

Anyone with information about this crime can call the Sun Prairie Police at (608) 837-7336.