Sunday, May 27, 2001

Teacher facing sex charge resigns

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        FAIRFIELD — The resignation of a Fairfield music teacher facing felony charges of sexually abusing a former student is scheduled to be accepted at a special Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

        Fairfield police on Friday charged Brian Schweikert, 40, of Fairfield with one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony. He is accused of inappropriate contact with a Fairfield High School student six years ago. Mr. Schweikert was released on his own recognizance and will be arraigned in Fairfield Municipal Court on Wednesday.

        The investigation was prompted by school officials, who called police late Thursday after a female student who has since graduated contacted a Fairfield teacher, who told administrators, Superintendent Robert Farrell said.

        “We received very little details but enough to know there was a serious problem,” Mr. Farrell said. “We are taking action by accepting his resignation. He's not going to work another day in Fairfield.”

        When asked whether other students might be involved, Mr. Farrell said, “I don't think they (police) would continue their investigation if there wasn't.”

        Mr. Schweikert submitted his resignation Friday, effective immediately. He had been an orchestra teacher in the district since 1987. Mr. Schweikert's wife, Joyce, is also a music teacher in the district.

        Mr. Schweikert could not be reached for comment.


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