Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Ex-teacher in court on sex charge

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield music teacher charged with sexually abusing a female former student is scheduled to appear in Fairfield Municipal Court this morning.

        Brian D. Schweikert, 40, of Fairfield, is charged with one count of sexual battery, a third degree felony, in connection with at least one incident in June 1996. If convicted, Mr. Schweikert faces one to five years in prison, a maximum fine of $10,000 and loss of his teaching license.

        The Fairfield Board of Education on Tuesday accepted Mr. Schweikert's Friday letter of resignation, which makes no reference to the allegations against him. He has not been in the classroom since his arrest Friday. Counselors were available to talk to students or staff Tuesday.

        “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have served the district and will forever hold a deep sense of pride in all that I was able to accomplish while with the district,” Mr. Schweikert wrote in his letter.

        According to Mr. Schweikert's arrest report, he admitted that while he was a teacher at Fairfield Senior High School he had sexual contact with the woman, now 22.

        The Cincinnati Enquirer is not naming the woman, who was 17 at the time of the incident, because of the nature of the offense.

        Fairfield Police Lt. Ken Colburn said the investigation is continuing.

        “We were shocked,” said Fairfield Superintendent Robert Farrell. “There were no hints.”

        Mr. Schweikert's personnel file includes only positive reviews of his performance, including letters of praise from families of two students.

        Mr. Schweikert had been a music teacher in the district since 1987. He taught at the high school, freshman school and middle school. He did not return phone calls.

        This is the third time in five years that a Fairfield teacher has been accused of having improper relationships with students. In 1996, then business teacher Harry Bown pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted sexual battery stemming from a relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

        Two years later, Fairfield police determined there had been sexual contact between math teacher Jason Abodeely and a 16-year-old student. Police did not charge Mr. Abodeely because there was no intercourse and because the contact was consensual. Mr. Abodeely resigned two days after the investigation began.


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