Publish date:

Former Anoka school teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen boys

The assaults occurred between 2010-2019, court documents say, when the boys were as young as 14.
Anoka Middle School for Arts

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.

Related [July 17, 2020]: Charges: Former Anoka middle school teacher sexually assaulted teenage boys

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. 

The charges

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. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-09-16 at 6.56.30 PM

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for central MN, part of Twin Cities

A line of storms is making its way across the state.

Flickr - Enbridge Line 3 Palisade - Lorie Shaull

DNR orders Enbridge to pay $3.32M over Line 3 environmental violations

The pipeline company breached a groundwater aquifer, causing water to flow uncontrolled into a trench.

Eric Kendricks

Eric Kendricks misses practice, lands on injury report

The star linebacker headlines a lengthy list ahead of Week 2.

WIkimedia commons covid vaccine moderna

3 Twin Cities counties reach 16+ vaccination rate of 80%

More than 8 in 10 residents of that age group have gotten at least one dose.

Flickr - Burlington store exterior -

New Burlington location opens in Minneapolis Friday

To celebrate, the company is donating $50K to a neighborhood group and nearby school.

Top Ten Liquors Minnetonka rendering

Top Ten Liquors plans another Twin Cities location

The high-end wine bar and grocery space would take over a former Champps.

London Michael Bean go fund me

Teen charged with fatal shooting of 12-year-old London Bean

A warrant has been issued for the 18-year-old's arrest.

Minnesota Wild

Wild announce national TV broadcast schedule

The Wild will have 13 games nationally televised this season

suni lee

St. Paul's Suni Lee named to Time's list of 100 Most Influential People

Lee won three medals at the Tokyo Olympics, including an all-around gold.

Dunn County WI homicide suspect

1 arrested in quadruple killing, with 'armed and dangerous' suspect at large

The four victims were found in an abandoned SUV in rural Wisconsin.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Rape, incest suspect from Indiana is caught in St. Cloud

The 40-year-old was found in an apartment building.

Rep Tim Miller mn leg

MN rep calls upholding of TX abortion law 'great news for America'

Rep. Tim Miller also outlined a new abortion-related bill he plans to introduce.

Related

Anoka Middle School for Arts

Charges: Former Anoka teacher sexually assaulted 4 teenage boys

The assaults occurred between 2010-2019, court documents say, when the boys were as young as 14.

Bryan Ellinger

Former Ren Fest supervisor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 3 teens

The three victims worked with Bryan Ellinger at the time of the assaults.

Anoka Middle School for Arts

Former Anoka school staffer being investigated for sexual assault

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office is encouraging victims of sexual assault to report to law enforcement.

classroom

Charges: Woman sexually assaulted former Hermantown student

The assaults happened in the spring of 2019.

edward carter mugshot

Charges: Forest Lake teacher sexually assaulted 2 former students

The now-former teacher would hire the boys to do projects at his home.

police lights

Minneapolis dance teacher charged with sexually assaulting his student

The suspect assaulted the teenage boy during a sleepover at his home, charges say.

kevin belker

Charges: Bloomington school employee sexually assaulted kids in the 1970s

Five victims have come forward alleging Kevin Belker assaulted them when they were kids.

tom burke

Charges: Wisconsin star, former NFL player sexually assaulted a child

The child told her mother about the assaults in February, charges say.