Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Trial for Daniel Callan Accused of Molesting Student Postponed


The sexual assault trial of a former fifth-grade teacher accused of molesting a student has been postponed.

Daniel R. Callan, 26, of Menasha was scheduled to go on trial Monday on charges of first-degree sexual assault of a child, causing a child to view sexual activity and two counts of exposing genitals to a child.

Callan’s attorney, Kevin Musolf, asked Outagamie County Judge Dee Dyer on Tuesday for a delay to better prepare. Musolf said, in his motion, he “has not fully completed his investigation of this case and needs time to review the discovery provided.”

Dyer took the case off the trial calendar and scheduled a status hearing for Aug. 31.

Callan is accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy, one of his students at St. Bernadette’s Elementary School in Appleton, in a school restroom on May 5, 2008.

The boy reported the incident to his parents and, the next day, two Appleton police officers interviewed Callan in his classroom after classes were dismissed for the day.

Callan admitted to police that he had sexual contact with the boy.

At a Feb. 23 motion hearing, Musolf sought to suppress Callan’s incriminating statements, claiming Callan felt he was under arrest and gave his statements under duress.

Dyer denied the suppression motion, ruling the police acted properly.

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