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

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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.

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