Teacher facing domestic assault charge

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Blue Earth Area (BEA) School District officials aren’t commenting on the employment status of an elementary teacher charged with misdemeanor domestic assault.

According to Faribault County court documents, 31-year-old Steven Robert Wood was arrested the night of May 16 at his home in Winnebago.

Superintendent Evan Gough in an e-mail on Tuesday says, “The school district is aware of a complaint involving Mr. Wood. An investigation will be conducted.”

Although a police incident report isn’t on public file, a citation ticket issued to Wood shows an officer was called to his residence around 10:39 p.m.

Police Chief Eric Olson says the officer was responding to a 911 call.

The School District’s website says Wood has been at BEA for at least five years and is currently teaching third grade.

Gough did not respond to questions on whether Wood has been placed on paid leave, suspended or was allowed to continue teaching following the incident.

Misdemeanor domestic assault is defined as a person commits acts with intent to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death.

Wood has hired an attorney from Mankato and is expected to appear in district court for a pre-trial hearing on July 19.

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