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Accused school janitor 'won't be back,' Rhinelander teachers tell studentsSubmitted: 11/26/2018
Accused school janitor 'won't be back,' Rhinelander teachers tell students
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Teachers at Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) told students Monday morning Stavros Iliopoulos, a janitor, won't be back at the school.

Iliopoulos, 65, was arrested and charged last week for sexually assaulting a young girl at the school, a charter school in the School District of Rhinelander (SDR).

In a letter sent to parents Monday, SDR Superintendent Kelli Jacobi and NCES Principal Alex Bontz wrote "there was nothing in [a] background check that would have given us any indication [an assault] was possible." Iliopoulos, who some students know as "Mr. Steve," was an employee of Victory Janitorial, a contractor for SDR. The letter said Iliopoulos has been fired from Victory.


Police say Iliopoulos took the victim into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately last Tuesday. He was arrested later that day and charged a day later. In a police interview, Iliopoulos said the girl came into the closet on her own, asking about what was inside. He said he told her to get out right away.

Teachers held class meetings at NCES Monday morning and reassured students of their safety. SDR put extra staff in the building and made a counselor available.

Iliopoulos will be back in Oneida County Court on Tuesday. He's in jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

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