Former RUSD substitute teacher pleads not guilty, accused of having sexual contact with students

RACINE COUNTY -- A former Racine Unified School District substitute teacher accused of having sexual contact with students has pleaded not guilty.

Justin Beaton

28-year-old Beaton faces the following charges:

    Beaton was arrested on March 4th by Mount Pleasant police.

    "He basically is an individual who is entrusted with guiding and teaching children and instead he basically manipulated, groomed and took advantage of them," a court official said during Beaton's initial appearance in court on Tuesday, March 8th.

    Case High School

    According to the criminal complaint, Beaton sent an inappropriate photo to a 14-year-old student at Case High School in Racine via Shapchat during Christmas break in 2015.

    The complaint indicates Beaton acknowledged sending the photo to the student that he taught while employed as a substitute teacher.

    Additionally, police reviewed text messages between Beaton and a 17-year-old student at Horlick High School that were described as sexual in nature.

    Justin Beaton

    Police say the student told officers she met with Beaton at Horlick, where he taught one of her classes as a substitute teacher. The student said she and Beaton agreed to meet up the next day (in January 2016). Beaton picked the girl up from her home and they drove around, eventually parking at Quarry Park in Racine.

    The complaint indicates while at the park, there was inappropriate touching involving this student.

    The complaint accuses Beaton of exchanging text messages that were sexual in nature with a third student in this case -- a 17-year-old girl at Horlick High School whom Beaton taught as a substitute teacher.

    Racine Horlick High School

    Police say the student told officers she and Beaton agreed to meet in February 2016 -- and that they met at Bumble Park before driving around, and eventually ending up in Kenosha. There was again inappropriate touching by Beaton, police say.

    "The basic allegation here is touching. There is no allegation of intercourse," a court official said.

    Beaton appeared in court in this case on March 8th for his initial court appearance.

    Cash bond was set at $5,000, with an additional $50,000 signature bond.

    He was placed on house arrest with GPS monitoring.

    Beaton has been ordered to have no contact with the victims in this case, and no contact with Case High School and Horlick High School. He cannot use a cell phone or the internet.

    Beaton will next be in court on April 15th for a status conference.