A former middle school teacher in Anoka who was charged with sexually abusing several minors pleaded guilty.
Jefferson Fietek, 47, of Malden, Massachusetts, was charged with 10 counts in July 2020, accused of assaulting five teenage boys as young as 14 between 2010-2019.
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He pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct, admitting he sexually assaulted three victims, court documents show. He also admitted to sexually abusing two other teenagers, but did not plead guilty to charges pertaining to them.
He will remain on GPS monitoring until his sentencing on Nov. 17, and is expected to receive 30 years in prison and will be required to register as a predatory offender, court filings state.
Fietek previously worked in the Anoka-Hennepin School District from 2005-2019. He was a staff member at the Anoka Middle School for the Arts (formally Fred Moore Middle School) during the time of the assaults, which surfaced last year.
Fietek was arrested in Malden last summer and extradited to Anoka County, where he's been on GPS surveillance.
The Star Tribune said he was working at Emerson College in Boston and has since lost his job.
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 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 the victim a plane ticket 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.
Fietek will have to register as a predatory offender.