UPDATE: Bond lowered for Newman teacher in child porn case
WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Bond has been lowered for a teacher and soccer coach at Newman Catholic High School in Wausau. Michael Switalski, 50, is charged with eight felony counts of possession of child pornography.
In court Monday, a judge granted the Switalski's attorney's request to lower bail. It has been lowered from $75,000 to $35,000.
Switalski, was arrested following a search of his home in which police found about 95 images of naked males, most of them appearing to be juveniles, according to the criminal complaint.
Switalski, a teacher at Newman for more than 20 years, was placed on administrative leave following his arrest, the school said.
Special agents with the state Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant at Switalski's house on Parcher Street in Wausau on Friday, authorities said.
"Every student who has walked those halls at Newman High School knows Mr. Switalski as a pillar of the community. He not only teaches them, but he shows them how to live," said Lou Ann Bohn, the public defender for Switalski, during the initial appearance.
"Just want the public to understand that this isn't something that we take lightly," said Wetzsteon, the deputy district attorney. "We understand that he's an important member of this community, but these charges are very serious and it's very important that the public have accurate information and that they stay informed."
In a statement Monday, Newman Catholic Schools President Dr. Janet Klosinski said school officials were "shocked and saddened" by Switalski's arrest.
"The allegations against Mr. Switalski do not involve any images of any student in Newman Catholic Schools," she said. "NSC has not received any complaints regarding Mr. Switalski."