A former substitute teacher already facing felony child sex assault charges out on bond is back behind bars after Mount Pleasant police say he contacted one of his alleged victims.
Justin Beaton, 29, of Racine, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and/or up to $10,000.
He was out on bond after being charged last March with two felony counts of child enticement, two counts of sexual assault by school staff and exposing a child to harmful materials after police say he inappropriately touched two 17-year-old girls and sent a photo of his genitals to a 14-year-old girl. If convicted of these charges, Beaton faces up to 65 years six months in prison and/or fined up to $230,000.
Beaton was ordered to not have any contact with those girls as a condition of his bond, but officers say one of the girls on Sept. 13 told them that someone contacted her on behalf of Beaton. An investigator contacted the individual and pretended to be the girl with whom Beaton wanted to speak.
Police say they created a Google phone number and passed it to the person acting as Beaton’s messenger. He ended up leaving a voicemail message Sept. 28 telling the girl that he’s been trying to figure out how to contact her safely and to be sure she deletes the message. Beaton also told her that he was sorry for not being “there” to protect her, that he would never do anything to hurt her and to send him email.
Beaton was booked back into the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond and will next be in court on the bail jumping charge Oct. 19 for his preliminary hearing.
His jury trail on the sex assault charges is scheduled to begin Nov. 1, and online court records indicate his cash bond in that case is being amended.