Sun Prairie man accused of sexually assaulting a child volunteered at schools

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV)-- A former Girl Scout leader accused of sexually assaulting a child multiple times was also a volunteer with the Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD).

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.

According to police, the child was assaulted 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.

Steve Schroeder, the school board president, and Brad Saron, the SPASD superintendent, say Faust did have a background check as a volunteer. His last criminal background check was in October 2018.

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 on Monday.