Woman found dead, husband wounded at Woodbury home

Multiple reports say a man involved is a former bus aide facing criminal charges.
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Woodbury police and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the death of a woman in Woodbury. 

According to multiple reports, including the first report from KARE 11, the wife of a former school bus attendant who is facing charges for sexual assaults of minors is the victim. 

Police have not released the identity of either party involved, but reports from KARE 11, the Star Tribune and KSTP say 72-year-old Harvey T. Kneifl was found in his apartment at Saint Therese senior living facility at 7555 Bailey Road in Woodbury on Thursday morning. His wife was found dead and he suffered apparent self-inflicted injuries that police described as "significant." 

"Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death," police said in a statement. "Important to note: there is no threat to the community at large; this incident was not a random act."

KARE 11 reports that police were called to the Kneifl residence when Harvey didn't arrive at his scheduled court appearance for his trial in which he's charged with felony counts of 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct. 

Kneifl was charged in 2017 with six counts of sexual assault stemming from alleged incidents that occurred while he was a school bus aide for South Washington County School District. 

According to the Washington County Attorney's Office, video footage from inside the bus showed the then 70-year-old man touching children on their genitals over their clothing on two separate occasions. 

The bus the assaults took place on was transporting pre-K and special needs children. 

Charging documents state that Kneifl rubbed a young girl's genital area "in a rough manner," doing so four or five times. 

During an interview with police, Kneifl said he "likes to tickle, poke and hug" the children and would rub their thighs, but would not touch their genitals.

Kneifl was scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Thursday as attorneys were set to deliver their final arguments in his trial, which began Monday, multiple reports say. 

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