Charges Filed in KUSD 'Grooming' Case

May 10, 2024 10:40a

(WGTD)---A former Kenosha Unified middle school teacher who's been accused of "grooming" a 14-year-old student was cited Friday with 22 counts of disorderly conduct.

29-year-old Christian Enwright's initial appearance in Kenosha court was scheduled for next week.

Enwright taught at KTEC West Middle School where he allegedly launched a series of inappropriate online contacts with a student at the school.

Hundreds of messages were exchanged over time, with the contact heating up at the end of the year, according to the criminal complaint.

The girl eventually sat for two interviews with a staffer from the Kenosha County Child Advocacy Center, telling her that Enwright would comment regularly on her appearance and say that he missed her. The complaint includes photos and comments that Enwright purportedly sent. While suggestive, none of the images that were exchanged were nude photos, the girl maintained in conversation with the counselor.

The complaint lacks detail on just how the school district became aware of Enwright's actions, but by the time police got involved, the district had already talked to the girl. 

The case drew a number of citizen-speakers to last month's school board meeting who complained that the district should've made parents aware of the situation a lot sooner than it did. 

Enwright was removed from the school shortly after the district's first conversation with the girl in February, and was formally fired just this week. 

In talking to an investigator, Enwright claimed he did nothing wrong because he was simply trying to "raise her confidence and make her feel better about herself." 

But the district attorneys office defines what happened as " her special attention, developing secrets, desensitizing and normalizing sexual topics, and pushing personal boundaries," the complaint reads. "This behavior corrupts the public morals and outrages the sense of public decency."

Enwright was hired by the district as a full-time teacher in 2018.