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Former Madison administrator busted for child solicitation

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MADISON (WKOW) -- From Madison to New Holstein to the Milwaukee County Jail.

Christopher J. Nelson, a former administrator with MMSD, was arrested in Milwaukee on Jan. 19 for soliciting sex online with a minor.

Oscar Beilke, president of the New Holstein School Board, said he was surprised by the news.

"How would you react to something like this?" Beilke said. "I guess you're kind of shocked."

Ruth Robarts, a former member of the Madison School Board, remembers sitting in a closed-door session when then-Superintendent Art Rainwater told the board that Nelson had been caught surfing the internet for porn.

"This guy had left the job," Robarts said. "It was due to porn. It was a misuse of that kind."

A spokesman for MMSD says Nelson was reported to the Department of Public Instruction, an action that's required if a resignation relates to immoral conduct. DPI looked into the matter but declined to take action.

Four years later, Nelson was hired by New Holstein. But Beilke says Madison didn't tell them about the pornography incident.

"If we had known this information, we had other candidates that we probably would have moved on to," he said.

Nelson's case isn't the only time Madison schools have allowed staffers to resign quietly, only to have them reappear in the headlines. In 2008 Anthony Hirsch resigned after being accused of touching a student at La Follette High.

Hirsch was later hired by an unsuspecting Waunakee School District before he was arrested for child pornography and convicted of repeated sexual assault of a child. He remains in prison.

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