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School worker accused of sex contact with teen

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Frank Schultz
Stacy Vogel
February 20, 2009
— A Janesville man who worked at Milton High School is accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a student.

Police arrested Jamie S. Dutcher, 32, of 3744 Sandhill Drive, Janesville, at his home Thursday morning, police said.


He was arrested on four counts each of sexual contact with a student by a school staff person and child enticement.


Dutcher, who was a technology support technician at Milton High School when the contact allegedly occurred, has resigned, Superintendent Bernie Nikolay said this morning.


Dutcher was in the Rock County Jail this morning. Janesville Police Deputy Chief Steve Kopp said police don't suspect that any other students were involved.


The 17-year-old girl was a willing participant in the relationship, Kopp said.


The relationship came to light when police discovered Dutcher and the girl in the back seat of a car parked behind the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville on Friday, Feb. 13, Kopp said.


The relationship began after someone started instant-messaging the girl online, Kopp said.


The person apparently gave information to Dutcher and the girl so they could contact each other.


Police are searching computer records to determine if Dutcher posed as the person who first contacted the girl, Kopp said.


"It has yet to be determined if the third party actually exists," Kopp said.


Dutcher and the girl exchanged instant messages and also cell phone text messages before meeting in person, Kopp said.


The girl learned Dutcher worked at her school when she looked him up in a yearbook, Kopp said.


Police are aware of four meetings between Dutcher and the girl—three in Janesville and one in Milton, Kopp said.


Milton Police Chief Jerry Schuetz said his department still is reviewing statements it received from Janesville police, but he said he is confident that at least one charge will be coming from Milton.


Kopp said Dutcher is suspected of using both his wife's laptop computer and his school-issued laptop to correspond with the girl. Police have executed a search warrant at Dutcher's home.



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