Skip to main content

St. Paul sergeant accused of lying to grand jury is placed on leave

  • Author:
  • Updated:

A sergeant with the St. Paul police has been placed on paid administrative leave after being accused by federal judges of lying to a grand jury.

The Star Tribune reports that Sgt. Heather Weyker is on leave after a Court of Appeals in Tennessee said she lied in a sex-trafficking case involving three men from the Twin Cities, who were later cleared of charges.

The men, Idris Fahra, Andrew Kayachith and Yassin Yusuf, spent more than four years in prison after they were found guilty of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children.

But according to the Pioneer Press, the appeals court found the alleged victims in the case had "serious credibility issues" and a judge felt Sgt. Weyker "likely exaggerated or fabricated important aspects" of a victim's story.

The newspaper adds that Sgt. Weyker, who was the lead investigator on the case, was also caught lying to a grand jury and a detention hearing.

MPR reports the St. Paul PD has launched an internal investigation in the wake of the court's decision, meanwhile prosecutors in the city are trying to determine whether the court's finding will affect Sgt. Weyker's other cases.

The three Twin Cities men, who are Somali-Americans, will be released from custody Friday, the news organization says, while the pending cases of 16 other people involved in the trial are under review in Tennessee.

KSTP explained the actions that earned Sgt. Weyker a rebuke. She is said to have spoke with a teenage girl on 30 occasions who was described as a "habitual runaway who had a history with police."

These meetings eventually led to a story in which the girl was not described as a troubled runaway, but instead "an innocent child taken in by a Somali gang who used her for sex," the TV station notes.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.


State to help 44 Minnesota gas stations add E15 pumps

The yellow 88 button is coming to more gas stations in Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

FBI, police investigating bank robbery at Edina's 50th and France

An ATM technician was robbed by four men at a U.S. Bank.

Ethan Glynn

Paralyzed Bloomington football player begins rehabilitation in Colorado

Ethan Glynn is at a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital.

Press Bar fire

Owner of St. Cloud bar gets 6 years for arson, ordered to repay $3M

A February 2020 fire at the Press Bar and Parlor was later determined to be an insurance job.


Bloomington, Richfield districts tighten security ahead of weekend football

Enhanced safety measures will be in place this weekend.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 2.23.15 PM

Walz sends MN first responders to help with hurricane recovery in Florida

Eight members of the Minnesota All Hazards Incident Management Team will travel to Florida.


St. Paul teacher on leave after accusations of racism

WCCO reports parents of some black students say their children have suffered racial discrimination and prejudice from a teacher at Heights Community School. An attorney for the families said the teacher has called the students "fat, black and stupid" and said things such as "You only have one parent."

Officers 'justified' in killing father outside a McDonald's, grand jury finds

Three police officers who shot a knife-wielding man to death outside a McDonald's in Burnsville will not face any criminal action.