Former teacher arrested, charged for sexual contact

Caroline Fellows

David Mendelson was taken into custody on March 21 due to allegations of sexual contact during the 2009-2010 school year with a student. According to Superintendent John Simpson, Mendelson resigned in 2010. Photos from Webster Groves Police press release

David Mendelson, former English teacher at Webster Groves High School, was recently charged on two counts of sexual contact with a student by teacher.

A search warrant was issued on March 21, and Mendelson was taken into custody.

Both of his charges are class D felonies of sexual contact with a student on public school property, stating that between Aug. 1, 2009, and December 9, 2009, he knowingly had sexual contact with a student with the initials E.S. while on property of Webster Groves High School.

His first charge details him having sexual intercourse with E.S., and his second charge details him engaging in oral sex with E.S.

Superintendent John Simpson sent an email to Webster Groves School District families on March 21, saying the district contacted the police “in response to information the school district recently learned concerning Mendelson’s actions.” While the police department investigates, the district will be unable to comment further.

“These charges may be very troubling to students, parents, and staff, as they are to us,” Simpson wrote in the email. “ I’d like to assure our school community the safety of our children is our number one priority.”

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