A 42-year-old New Hope man was arrested Wednesday at Champlin Park High School for allegedly engaging in sex acts with a 19-year-old male student. Authorities believe the man entered the school around noon and had two, pre-arranged sexual encounters with the student. Authorities believe he was in the school for approximately 55 minutes.
Brooklyn Park Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley said Friday, in a press conference that the student did have special needs.
In a statement released by Champlin Park Principal Mike George, the man violated the school’s safety procedures when entering the school. To enter Champlin Park High School visitors are required to enter Door E3. During school hours, all visitors must swipe their drivers license, check-in at the visitors desk and note who they are visiting and for what reason.
According to Brooklyn Park Police the two “met in a bathroom and are believed to have engaged in sexual acts.”
The incident was reported by other students to school staff.
“School administration and security personnel were able to apprehend the suspect and law enforcement took him into custody,” Principal George said in a statement. “Our school is continuing to cooperate with the law enforcement investigation.”
George added that because of this incident, the school is also conducting their own investigation and reviewing its safety procedures.
It is still not known how the man entered the school. The man is currently being detained at the Hennepin County Jail on a criminal sexual misconduct charge.
He was released from jail Friday afternoon without being charged.
Report by Megan Hopps – [email protected]