School superintendent is sentenced for exposing himself at gas stations

He said mental health problems stemming from past trauma was behind his behavior.
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Scott Staska

A former school superintendent has been sentenced for a series of indecent exposures at gas stations and retail stores in the St. Cloud area.

Scott Staska, formerly of the Rocori Schools District, was charged with 19 counts of indecent exposure last year, after he was arrested for exposing himself to staff at a Kwik Trip in Waite Park in March.

Further investigation linked him to similar flashing incidents at a Kwik Trip in St. Cloud, a SuperAmerica in Waite Park, Mills Fleet Farm in Waite Park, and at a Lids and Rue 21 at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud.

He initially pleaded not guilty to the 19 counts, but later accepted a plea agreement that saw him plead guilty to four misdemeanor indecent exposure counts.

The St. Cloud Times reports that in a statement from his attorney, Staska attributed his behavior to trauma he experienced during his life, including emotional abuse by his father, a drive-by shooting at his house in 1996 that almost harmed his son, and the 2003 school shooting in Cold Spring.

He was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail for each charge, but the jail time was stayed while he completes a probation period, the newspaper notes.

He'll pay a $300 fine for each count and has agreed to complete 80 hours of community service and undergo a psychosexual evaluation.

Staska had been in the running for the superintendent job at Moorhead School District prior to his arrest, after which he was removed from consideration, and resigned from his job with Rocori – a position he had held since 2002 – last April.

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