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Former La Crosse teacher facing sex charges in N. Wisconsin



An internet-sex sting has led to charges against a former La Crosse teacher now living in Rhinelander, Wis.


Alexander Valentine is on administrative leave from the Crandon School District, where he has been teaching band. 

The 27-year-old is accused of attempted sexual assault against a girl for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he had communicated with online. 

The person who posed as a 15-year-old girl online was actually an undercover agent. 

Valentine was arrested at a Home Depot in Rhinelander, where he had arranged to meet the person he had chatted with.

Valentine appeared Tuesday in Oneida County court, where a $10,000 cash bond was set.

The April arrest around the same time that former La Crosse School District show choir director Dustin Bagstad was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting girls in La Crosse County.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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