Updated:
Original:

Charges: St. Louis Park school worker molested 14-year-old student in gym

Author:

A St. Louis Park Middle School employee has been charged with engaging in criminal sexual conduct with a 14-year-old student.

The Hennepin County Attorney announced Thursday that Jarrell Pierre Smith, 31, is accused of assaulting an 8th grader in the school gymnasium last Friday, Nov. 6, where charges say he brought her after noticing she was upset over a grade she had just received.

He is accused of putting his hands down the girl's pants after leading her onto a stage in the back of the gym. He is also said to have kissed her and fondled her while pressing her against a wall, saying at one point "you're mine."

According to the criminal complaint, Smith is employed as an instructional assistant at the middle school and had responsibilities for monitoring the lunch room and hallways after school.

He has been charged with one count of 2nd degree felony criminal sexual conduct with a victim aged 13-15 who he was in a position of authority over, and one count of 4th degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to KSTP, Smith – who had been an employee since Sept. 25 – was immediately placed on administrative leave following his arrest and has since been terminated pending school board approval.

Next Up

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.

CDC biohazard scientist health work

New clue may explain how rare tropical disease sickened Minnesotan

The disease, known as melioidosis, killed 2 people earlier this year.

Sen Mark Koran crop

MN lawmaker encourages donations for locals charged in Jan. 6 insurrection

"They are a good family!" Sen. Mark Koran wrote Friday.

money

Money Gal Coaching: Mastering the spiritual parts of money

Kelly Blodgett used her passion behind becoming debt free to launch Money Gal Coaching.

University of minnesota sign

U of M will now require proof that employees have been vaccinated for COVID

Previously, only students were required to be vaccinated.

Jim Hagedorn

Report reveals details about ethics investigation into Rep. Hagedorn

The congressman described the report's findings as "unfounded conclusions."

33462769592_d32f34fd48_k

SkyWest cancels hundreds of flights due to server error

More than 80 have been canceled at MSP Airport.

elk

First elk in more than 100 years spotted in parts of southern WI

The elk population was reintroduced to Wisconsin in recent decades.

grand marais

10 beautiful Minnesota cities to visit for outdoor adventures

These places are perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

Related

St. Paul priest charged with molesting 2 boys

A St. Paul priest was charged this week with sexually abusing two boys in his camper trailer on the church's parking lot in 2010. Curtis Wehmeyer, 47, of Oakdale, was arrested in June after one of the boys told his mother. The boys were 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged abuse, according to a new criminal complaint.