Beloit High School teacher arrested over alleged sexual assault of a child

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BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- Updated: Feb. 19, 2019, 10:55 p.m:
Police are investigating a report of sexual assault involving inappropriate touching by a teacher at Beloit Memorial High School.

Scott Abbott, 53, of Rockford, was the teacher accused of sexual assault involving inappropriate touching. The Rock County District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing this arrest.

"For a teacher to think that that's okay in any way is insane, I feel like most teachers are pretty professional about their job."

After the late afternoon announcement of a Beloit Memorial High School teacher being taken into custody following a report of inappropriate touching of a student, some residents in the area expressed their concern over the alleged incident.

"I wasn't all that surprised, but only just because it's a really big school. The bigger the community, the more stuff that can happen, you know. But like, the fact that it still happened is pretty shocking," said local resident Devan Kever.

Abbott was in custody with pending charges of sexual assault of a child by a school staff person. Both the city of Beloit and the school district released similar statements saying the investigation is ongoing, with full cooperation from the high school. One person says the situation highlights how something like this can happen anywhere.

"Literally, it could be anyone, it could be your best friend, it could be a total stranger, it could be your teacher. You start to learn you have to be cautious with kind of everyone, like you can't let your guard down, like ever."

While she might not know the student, Devan says the most important thing is making sure they know they're not alone.

"No matter what may have been said or done, it's not their fault because that is a teacher and they're supposed to professional, they're supposed to care about their students, but to an extent."

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A teacher at Beloit Memorial High School was arrested Tuesday over reports of sexual assault of a child.

Scott Abbott, 53, of Rockford, was the teacher accused of sexual assault involving inappropriate touching. The Rock County District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing this arrest.

The City of Beloit Police Department has opened an investigation. Police say the School District of Beloit and Beloit Memorial High School is fully cooperating with the investigation.