Skip to main content

Former MN Christian school teacher charged with 2001 molestation

The victim was 11 years old at the time.

Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault of a minor.

A former speech therapy teacher is accused of sexually abusing a young girl at a Minnesota Baptist school nearly 20 years ago.

Nathan D. Qualley, a 45-year-old Mounds View resident, has been charged with with one count of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct over the alleged molestation, which is said to have taken place in the fall of 2001.

The investigation started last August, when the Lakes Area Police Department received a tip from the victim that she'd been sexually assaulted at Chisago Lakes Baptist School when she was 11 years old. 

The complainant — identified only as "M.J.S." —  reported that she would stay after school for enunciation lessons with Qualley, and that his inappropriate contact "started small, such as him placing a hand on her knee in class or while they prayed, or holding hands with her while praying," the criminal complaint says.

Eventually, M.J.S. reported, Qualley showed "showed her his penis"; on a subsequent occasion, she told investigators, Qualley "had her touch his penis."

On yet another occasion, Qualley reached under her dress and inside her underwear, the complaint says.  

The abuse subsequently came to an end when a church deacon walked into what would be her final class with Qualley, who was "holding her hands" at the time. The interruption left Qualley "noticeably started," and the deacon ended up informing M.J.S.'s mother about what had happened. 

Investigators later tracked down the deacon, who corroborated the story and reported that "he was so upset by the incident that he 'chased' the defendant out of the room."

The defendant, meanwhile, denied showing the girl his penis and denied fondling her, though admitted that they "may have held hands," the complaint notes.

He was charged as a result of the investigation in March.

According to the Star Tribune, the complainant is now a student Duke University School of Law, and though she "hadn't planned to go public with the case," she changed her mind when she learned that Qualley had been named a deacon of the church.

The paper says he is due to appear in court for a July 1 hearing. 

Next Up

Federal court house

Three plead guilty to roles in murder on Red Lake Reservation

The 2019 murder left another person seriously injured.


Sheriff: Heifer shot and butchered on farmer's pasture near Aitkin

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office.


Minneapolis murder suspect arrested in Wisconsin

The man has been wanted by police since the shooting happened in April.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Charges: Man kidnapped woman at gunpoint, forced her to withdraw $1,500

The 56-year-old suspect is accused of forcing the woman to the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis.

police lights

Police arrest suspect in Oakdale after 10-hour standoff

The standoff with police lasted over 10 hours Friday.

WHS_SHPO_Canoe 2_Recovery054

Oldest canoe ever found in Great Lakes region excavated in Wisconsin

The boat was recovered in Lake Mendota on Thursday.


5 Minnesota cities to visit for the best of fall colors

Time it right and you can make multiple trips across the fall.

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 11.48.22 AM

Without hydrants, 8 fire departments fight blaze near Shakopee

The building and its contents are a total loss.


The long-awaited Chicken Guy never opened, so the MOA is suing

The restaurant never opened after it originally planned to in 2020.

Edina High School

After Homecoming brawl, non-Edina students barred from football games

The school district also implemented increased security measures for football games in response to the fight.


Katrina Marie Aliff, accused of kidnapping South Saint Paul girl.

South Carolina woman accused of kidnapping, molesting Minnesota girl

The two met online and used apps like Amino to communicate.

Daisy Joy Buley

Charges: MN woman trafficked her 11-year-old daughter for cash, drugs

Daisy Joy Buley will make a court appearance on Monday.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

St. Cloud teen charged with raping girl in high school bathroom

Police say it happened during a basketball game in late 2019.

Samuel lee sandbo

Charges: MN Caregiver admits sexually abusing 3 vulnerable adults

The crimes occurred in Windom, Cottonwood County.

Daniel Fragodt

Albany teacher and coach charged for alleged sex assault on student

The 31-year-old teacher also coached multiple sports at Albany Schools.


Charges: St. Paul man had sexual contact 'multiple times' with 12-year-old girl

Marcus Steichen, 21, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Hennepin County Government Center

Teen charged in fatal Plymouth hit-and-run, victim identified

The crash killed a 65-year-old local man and his dog.