Former Burnsville music teacher jailed for criminal sexual conduct with student

The 30 year old was sentenced to 210 days in jail.
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Erik Akervik

A former Burnsville music teacher has been sentenced to 210 days in jail after admitting criminal sexual conduct with a child.

Erik Michael Akervik, 30, pleaded guilty in March to one count of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct with a 16-year-old student when he was a teacher at Burnsville High School in 2017.

He was sentenced on Thursday to spend 210 days in jail and will remain on probation for 15 years.

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A criminal complaint detailing the charges against Akervik reveals the teacher had invited the boy over to his home in December 2016, when he eventually engaged in "a sexual act" with the student.

It is a felony under Minnesota law for a teacher to have sexual relations with a student who is 16 or 17 years old, if the teacher is more than 48 months older than the student.

"Sexual abuse of a student by a teacher is deplorable conduct and we are pleased that Mr. Akervik has been held accountable for his actions," Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said after Akervik's sentencing.

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He has also been charged with electronic solicitation of a minor after sending nude photos of himself to another boy, aged 15, via Snapchat.

A jury trial for this charge will be held next month after he pleaded not guilty.

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