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Fmr. school employee pleads guilty to threatening kids with paintball gun

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A former Rochester school district employee who threatened and chased a group of kids with a paintball gun last August pleaded guilty Monday.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports 36-year-old Aden Hussen Hassan of Rochester pleaded guilty to one count of false imprisonment and one count of terroristic threats.

According to the criminal complaint, Hassan was wearing a black mask, a black stocking hat and black clothing when he approached a group of four underage girls and a young woman who were hanging out on the playground at Gage Elementary School.

Armed with what looked like a handgun, Hassan threatened to shoot the group and chased two of the girls to a nearby house.

He pointed the gun at one of the girls and forced them back to the school. Hassan ordered them to sit on the curb while he went to get his car. A police officer showed up shortly after.

Hassan fled.

Police found the black and silver paintball gun small enough to look like a pistol near the school and later caught up Hassan.

His sentencing has been set for April 12.

Hassan was a Rochester School District employee from 2004 to 2011. His most recent position was at John Adams Middle School where he served as a minority liaison.

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