Lawmakers want harsher school trespass penalties after alleged sex act in Champlin Park

A 42-year-old man sparked an alert last week when he was found on school property meeting with a student.

A reported sex act at a Twin Cities high school last week has prompted two state lawmakers to seek measures to tighten up laws regarding trespassing at state schools.

Reps. Keith Franke and Tony Cornish have put forward a bill to amend existing trespassing laws to increase the penalties for anyone trespassing on school properties.

A spokesman for the House confirmed to GoMN that the proposal is in direct response to the incident last week at Champlin Park High School.

A 42-year-old man managed to enter school property where he engaged in a sex act with a 19-year-old special needs student, whom he'd arranged to meet for sex via a smartphone app.

The suspect, who WCCO reports is an undocumented immigrant, was subsequently arrested but released when Hennepin County declined charges. He was then picked up by immigration officials and is in custody.

According to KARE 11, Champlin Park High is increasing its security following the incident, though principal Mike George noted that the student and the suspect had "collaborated to meet, and were deceptive with their intention regarding the purpose of the suspect's visit."

Under the proposed bill amendment, trespassing on school property would be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor.

They've also added a section to cover the eventuality that someone is found to have used "false pretenses" to enter a school, which would also be classed as a gross misdemeanor.

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