BILLINGS, Mont. - According to Billings Superintendent Greg Upham, Brent D. Skelton, a 5th grade teacher at Orchard Elementary, is off the job after sexual assault allegations against him came to light earlier this summer.
Upham says the school system became aware of possible sexual misconduct after a parent came forward.
Superintendent Greg Upham says Skelton was placed on administrative leave as they investigated. Billings Police and Child Protective Services were notified.
Upham says Mr. Skelton resigned from the position before being arrested Thursday evening.
According to court information Skelton is charged with two counts of sexual assault.
The first count involves a child under the age of 14 born in 2008. This count states that Skelton subjected the child to sexual contact. Under Montana law the child is not old enough to give consent.
The second count states that Skelton knowingly subjected a second child to sexual contact without consent. This child was born in 2007 and again under Montana law cannot give consent.
According to court documents both charges stem from incidents which allegedly took place between August of 2018 and August of 2019.
Upham says that Skelton had no interaction with students this school year.
Upham could not go into specifics as to the details of the allegations.
According to records on file with Montana's Office of Public Instruction Skelton has been licensed to teach in Montana since November of 2014. His teaching certification was renewed in January of 2019.
As of Friday morning, Skelton was listed as an inmate at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. He is being held on a $150,000 bond on Felony Sexual Assault charges.
Skelton is scheduled to be arraigned September 24th at 9:00 AM.