A former Anoka middle school teacher who was being investigated for sexual assault has been charged, accused of sexually abusing four boys when they were teenagers.
Jefferson Jerome Fietek, 46, of Malden, Massachusetts, is charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the assaults, which occurred between 2010-2019.
Fietek was arrested in Massachusetts by the Malden Police Department and will be held in jail pending extradition to Minnesota, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said Friday.
According to the criminal complaint, on June 25 the sheriff's office received a report of a sexual assault that happened nine years earlier involving Fietek, a former staff member at the Anoka Middle School for the Arts (formally Fred Moore Middle School), and a victim who was 14 years old when he was assaulted several times between 2009-2010.
The two had met through the Youth Art's Initiative (YAI), a children's theater group Fietek started, the complaint said.
A second victim, who was assaulted in 2019 when he was 15, had met Fietek after auditioning for a play, the complaint said. Fietek moved to Massachusetts after last summer and he requested the victim send him nude photos of himself – the victim sent 20-30 of them before he stopped because he felt it was weird. Fietek had also bought a plane ticket for him to visit him in Massachusetts for a week, his mother told investigators.
A third victim had Fietek as his theater teacher while he was in middle school. In late 2010, they began spending time together because Fietek was helping him write an anti-bullying speech to the school board. The assaults began in late summer 2011 when the victim was 15 years old and continued until he was 18 years old and moved away, the complaint said.
"At the time . . . I was special to him you know, and so I wanted to do whatever it was that I could to make him happy," the victim told investigators, according to the complaint.
The fourth victim went to the middle school where Fietek taught but did not have him as a teacher, the complaint said. The victim, when he was 14, used the Grindr dating app and Fietek reached out to him, but the victim didn't respond. Then, when he was 15 or 16 and in high school, he went back on the app and Fietek contacted him. Eventually, they met up at the middle school, where Fietek assaulted him.
They stayed in touch when the victim was 17 and 18 years old, during which time Fietek continued to assault him, charges say.
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging all victims of sexual assault to report the assault to law enforcement. In Anoka County, victims can call 763-427-1212.