Update (Nov. 5, 2018): The case against Schaefer was dismissed Oct. 24, online court records show, because a witness refused to meet with prosecutors regarding the accusation.
Prosecutors charged a former Wagoner Public Schools official Thursday on allegations he took a 16-year-old girl into a janitor’s closet and forcibly kissed her twice on the forehead.
Robert L. Schaefer, 54, is charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery, court records indicate.
Schaefer, according to a probable cause affidavit, was the school district’s dean of students at the time. He submitted a letter of resignation Dec. 15.
The alleged incident occurred on an afternoon in late November after the girl left a classroom to go to the bathroom, reportedly because she was upset over a family matter.
The girl told police she was in the bathroom for about 20 minutes and that Schaefer and a substitute teacher were outside the door when she exited.
The girl “advised that is when Robert grabbed her by the arm and took her to … the janitor closet,” Wagoner Police Department detective Ben Blair states in the affidavit.
The document says Schaefer asked the girl if she was alright. It says he hugged her while rubbing her back and kissed her twice on the forehead.
The girl told a teacher in a text message that she was scared during the situation and described her discomfort in terms of “what if he does something,” the affidavit states.
Police said questionable conduct by Schaefer appeared common in his relationship with the girl.
The girl told investigators about a previous incident in a classroom when Schaefer walked by her and allegedly bumped her buttocks while she was bent down, authorities said.
The teacher to whom the girl confided described Schaefer as “more handsy,” the affidavit states.
Schaefer, on another occasion, came to her classroom and hugged the girl while he was there, police said. The girl gave the teacher a look “like here he goes again,” the affidavit states.
Authorities said Schaefer, during an interview with police, denied kissing the girl and told investigators he escorted her into the closet because she was visibly upset.
“He told me that he asked ‘what’s the matter baby are you having a bad day,’ ” Blair states in the affidavit.
Schaefer said he did not close the door, estimating that he left it ajar by 4 inches, investigation said. During his interview with detectives, Schaefer reportedly referenced a previous incident when a teacher accused him of kissing another girl on the forehead in a school hallway.
“Robert then made a statement of ‘as far as having an inclination towards that, high school kids don’t do anything for me,’ ” Blair states in the affidavit.
Schaefer had worked for the school district since the mid-1990s.
Bryan Drummond, the school board’s contract attorney, said the board is set to consider an agenda item officially dealing with the Schaefer’s employment status at a Tuesday meeting.
“When we became aware of this in early December, we immediately notified law enforcement and began an investigation because we take the safety of students so seriously,” Drummond said. “The employee was immediately placed on administrative leave and has not been back.”
Schaefer was booked into jail Thursday afternoon and released after posting bond.
Staff writer Andrea Eger contributed to this report.