Court documents allege that Billings teacher touched students inappropriately in class

A Billings teacher accused of sexual assault allegedly exchanged “inappropriate” text messages with two female students, ages 11 and 12, and touched them under their underwear in class, according to charging documents released Friday.

Brent Skelton, who resigned from his job teaching fifth grade at Orchard Elementary School, faces between four years and life in prison and $100,000 in fines on two counts of felony sexual assault.

Yellowstone County prosecutors stated that police learned of the alleged incidents in July, when they received a report from Child and Family Services. Billings School District 2 had already conducted an internal investigation of the incidents, which occured during the last school year, and placed Skelton on leave.