Special education teacher charged with sexual assault

He is accused of raping a woman he met online.
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A 50-year-old Bloomington man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met on a dating website. 

Michael Lovestrand is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to an April 2018 incident in which the victim said they were having consensual sex but did not stop when she asked him to several times, the criminal complaint states. 

Lovestrand was charged last week and was arrested on Saturday. He was released from jail on Monday and made his initial court appearance Tuesday, according to Hennepin County jail recordsCourt records show Lovestrand's next court date is July 9.

The charges

According to the criminal complaint, the victim came forward to police in November 2019 after trying to forget about what had happened.

The victim said she met the man on a dating site and they talked for several weeks before she went to his apartment in Bloomington in April 2018. They had dinner and then went into the bedroom.

Afterward, the victim told her mom and a friend about what had happened and also went to the hospital, the complaint states. Both her mom and her friend said the victim was having a hard time dealing with the assault.

In January of this year, she identified Lovestrand in a photo lineup as the man who assaulted her. 

A former special education teacher

Lovestrand previously worked as a special education teacher in the Mounds View and St. Paul public school districts, the Star Tribune reports

Mounds View School District spokesperson confirmed to BMTN that Lovestrand worked for the district in the special ed program called NETS at a site in Shoreview. He was hired in 2004 and resigned from the district in 2016.  

He then worked for St. Paul Public Schools until 2017, the Star Tribune said. It is unclear what Lovestrand is currently doing for employment, but his teaching license with the state of Minnesota is currently active, according to a search on the state Department of Education's website. It expires on June 30 of this year.

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