A longtime kindergarten teacher in the Hayward School District, Guy Andrew Mittlestadt, has been charged by Sawyer County authorities with five felony counts of selling cocaine.
In charges filed Thursday, Aug. 8, by District Attorney Bruce Poquette, Mittlestadt, 46, of Highway 70, Stone Lake, is charged with five counts of delivering cocaine in amounts between one and five grams to confidential law enforcement informants in transactions monitored and controlled by Sawyer County sheriff's detectives and state Division of Criminal Investigation special agents on Oct. 9, Oct. 12, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 in 2018, and March 14, 2019.
According to the charges, two of the alleged cocaine transactions took place in the Town of Sand Lake and three alleged sales took place in the Village of Stone Lake.
Mittlestadt appeared in Sawyer County Court Aug. 8 with his attorney, Robert Eaton, before Sawyer County Judge John Yackel via video conference. He was placed on a $1,000 cash bond. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday, Aug. 14, before Judge John P. Anderson.
On Monday, Hayward Schools Supt. Craig Olson issued a press release stating that on Thursday, Aug. 8., the district became aware of criminal charges involving an employee.
"The district has placed the employee on administrative leave pending the outcome of the district's investigation into
the matter," the press release said. "Further, the district is cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation. Because this is a personnel matter, the d istrict will not comment further regarding the employee or the ongoing investigation."
On March 14, 2019, an informant and a special agent met with Mittlestadt at a residence in Stone Lake. The agent told Mittlestadt they were interested in buying half ounces of cocaine, to which Mittlestadt reportedly replied the price would be around $1,000 per half ounce. He also reportedly told the two visitors that "I'm a teacher and no one needs to know about this."
The informant smoked marijuana from a pipe packed with marijuana by Mittlestadt and Mittlestadt also smoked from the pipe, according to a conversation on a recording device given to the informant by detectives.
The informants gave Mittlestadt $300 and they received a knotted bag containing cocaine with a total weight of 3.6 grams, according to the narrative.