Minneapolis – Police blotters throughout the nation are awash with arrests of public school teachers engaged in sex crimes.
Among the most recently reported alleged wrongdoings are a teacher stalking a student in Minnesota and a Connecticut teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a student.
The former involves a Minneapolis high school teacher who reportedly stalked a female student with the attempt to commit a sexual crime. Local television station KARE reported July 1 that Dan Arlen Anderson “attempted to use his position of authority to coerce the girl into having sexual relations with him.”
The story identifies Anderson, 46, as a social studies teacher at Minneapolis South High School. Anderson was charged by Hennepin County Prosecutors.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman issued a statement in which he wrote: “It is very disappointing that a very few individuals use their position of authority to prey on the young people they are supposed to develop into intelligent adults and productive citizens… I hope this prosecution sends a clear message to cut out this totally inappropriate behavior.”
The story continues: “According to the criminal complaint, the student reported to Minneapolis police on May 17 that Anderson was trying to get her to engage in sex acts with him. The teen gave her phone to police and they recovered incriminating texts and photos sent by the defendant.
“The next day, an investigator spoke to Anderson, who authorities say admitted to asking for the student’s phone number and sending her a dozen text messages that were sexual in nature. Police say two of the messages included photos of the defendant’s penis. Anderson admitted that his goal was to engage in sexual activity with the victim, according to the complaint.”
Anderson is charged with attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct and stalking a victim under 18, stated a Minneapolis Star-Tribune article. He will appear in court July 31.
“Minneapolis Public Schools say Anderson was immediately placed on leave when the district learned of the allegations. The teacher no longer works for the district,” the newspaper reported.
In Connecticut, 36-year-old English teacher William Friskey was charged in late June with second-degree sexual assault for allegedly having sex with a student.
The local Fox affiliate reported: “Ledyard police say the charges are result of an investigation launched after school officials contacted them to express concerns about a relationship between Friskey and a female student.”
Ledyard is free on a $75,000 bond, and a court date is set for July 14 in New London Superior Court. “The town’s Board of Education issued a statement saying Friskey has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing,” according to the Fox story.