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Howard trustee arrested for assaulting child

Posted at 4:58 PM, Mar 10, 2016
Green Bay Police Department has referred multiple charges against Howard Trustee James R. Widiger to the Brown County District Attorney’s Office. 
 
Widiger is a resident of Howard. Widiger has been giving private piano lessons in the Green Bay area for many years. The victims are female students of Widiger ages 14 and 26. The 26-year-old victim was assaulted in 2003 when she was 13. 
 
The prosecuting attorney telling the court what the teens said happened to them.  He talked about how the teens say the touching started as back and shoulder rubs but escalated to groping their breasts under their shirts and touching their backsides.  One of the accounts even states a teen trying to escape her piano lessen. 
 
The attorney quoted: "He stood up before she could get out of that room, he put his hand over the door so she couldn't open it and she tried to open it and he said you think you're stronger than me?"
 
The suspect James “Jim” Widiger is not the owner of Jim’s Music. Jim’s Music is owned by a different person. James Widiger only rented a room at Jim’s Music to conduct piano lessons. The owners of Jim’s Music has been cooperative with police during this investigation. 

The Green Bay Police Department is asking that any members of the public that have additional information about Widiger to contact their local law enforcement agency. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Green Bay Crime Stoppers at 920 432-STOP.

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A village of Howard trustee has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child, according to Brown County Jail records.

NBC26 is choosing not to identify the trustee until he his formerly charged Friday.

Village of Howard staff released an official statement late Thursday afternoon saying it is aware of the arrest. 

The statement said: "We are monitoring the situation very closely as the matter proceeds through the judicial system. Since the investigation is ongoing, we have no further comment at this time."