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Ex-Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher gets prison time in sex abuse case

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Former Shattuck-St. Mary’s drama teacher Lynn Seibel was sentenced Friday morning to more than four years in prison for sexually abusing male students ages 15 to 18, between 1996 and 2003.

Seibel, 71, will get credit for the nine months he's already spent behind bars and will be eligible for supervised release after serving two-thirds of his sentence, FOX 9 reports.

In July, Seibel pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, five counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count for use of minors in a sexual performance.

In October, the Rice County Attorney's Office filed a 17-count complaint against Seibel stemming from sex-related incidents at the Faribault prep school and dormitory.

Rumors of misconduct floated around the hallways of the school for years, but was never reported to police, according to an investigation by Minnesota Public Radio.

Seibel was fired from Shattuck-St. Mary's in 2003 after child pornography was found on his computer, which was also not immediately reported to authorities.

The former teacher faces similar charges in California and pleaded not guilty last year.

Seibel is also a professional actor, and has a string of credits on film and television, including the character of the “naked professor” on the hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” He also had a part in the Minnesota-made film “D3: The Mighty Ducks.”

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