Regis High School Athletic Director in custody

Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 3:05 PM CST
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A middle school teacher and high school athletic director with Regis Catholic Schools is arrested for suspicion of sexual assault of a child.

On Tuesday officers with the Eau Claire Police Department arrested 56-year-old Jonathan Jarocki. In addition to sexual assault of a child, he’s accused of child enticement and causing mental harm to a child.

Jarocki is a middle school teacher and the Regis High School Athletic Director. He is suspended pending the outcome of this investigation.

In a letter sent to parents, the Regis Catholic Schools President said Jarocki cleared all background checks when he was hired in 2014, and his most recent check was done in August 2020. The district said there were no previous incidents found within those background checks to indicate any concerns.

In 2019 Jarocki was named Athletic Director for Regis Catholic Schools. Prior to his promotion, Jarocki had helped coach basketball and football.

Per his page on the district’s website, Jarocki is teaching sixth grade science this school year.

Regis Catholic Schools said it’s cooperating fully with authorities.

Following the news of Jarocki’s arrest, the Diocese of La Crosse put out a statement. It says in part: “These allegations are grave, and words cannot fully express my sadness. My thoughts are first with the victim/survivor and all those affected by these allegations. Please join me as I pray for them. The Diocese of La Crosse encourages all victims of sexual abuse to come forward to report their allegations. The Diocese of La Crosse’s child protection procedures and policy are at https://diolc.org/safe-environment/library/.”

No formal charges are filed yet in this case. Jarocki is expected to appear in court Thursday morning.