A teacher and coach in central Minnesota has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct for alleged sexual assaults of a student for more than a year.
Daniel S. Fragodt, of Melrose, was charged Monday in Stearns County District Court. The 31-year-old taught math at Albany Schools and also coached girls' basketball, track and field, and cross country.
According to a criminal complaint, police were informed of Fragodt's relationship with a teenage student on March 30 by a 14-year-old student who accused Fragodt of touching her leg through a hole in her jeans just prior to "quarantine break." Another 14-year-old student corrabborated the classmate's claim.
On April 9, investigators obtained phone records from Fragodt and found that he and a 18-year-old student had extensive contact going back to September 2017.
Police learned that the victim was 17 when Fragodt began a physical relationship with her, including sexual intercourse. The complaint says the sexual contact took place at the school, a park-and-ride in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and "other places in Albany."
Fragodt is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct of a victim who is at least 16 but less than 18 years old and at least 48 months younger than him. If convicted, he could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $30,000 fine.
Fragodt graduated from Benson High School in 2007 where he was a state champion hurdler in track as well as a standout athlete in tennis, basketball and football. He played tennis and basketball in college at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
According to LinkedIn, he started teaching mathematics at Albany Schools in 2014.