An elementary Blaine teacher molested one of his fourth-grade students several time as she stood by his desk during class, according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Kenneth Sonnenfeld Jr., 52, teacher at Johnsville Elementary, was charged in Anoka County District Court with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
After charges were file, the Anoka-Hennepin School District placed the math and science teacher on administrative leave.
The district spokesman Jim Skelly said in a statement: “The district immediately reported this complaint to law enforcement and appropriate agencies, and they’re currently investigating it. The district will also conduct an investigation and action may be taken as a result of those findings.”
According to the criminal complaint, the 10-year-old girl was molested five or six times from December 2015 to the end of May 2015.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified that Sonnenfeld molested the girl in each of the instances, including once under her underclothing, as he helped her with her school work as she stood next to his desk during class.
The touching caused her to stop seeking help from Sonnenfeld. The complaint indicated that she decided to tell someone about the molestation “so that her chest and stomach wouldn’t hurt anymore.”
Skelly said that Sonnenfeld has been with the district as a teacher for the past 24 years, including assignments other than at Johnsonville.
I applaud this brave girl for coming forward and exposing this predator. In order to protect others, we all need to work together to expose predators and the institutions that protect them.