Reid Sagehorn, the Rogers High School student whose alleged boast of having had a relationship with a 28-year-old teacher brought him a controversial two-month suspension, will not be charged criminally, the Star Tribune reports.
"No charges will be filed related to this case as there is insufficient evidence of a criminal offense," the Hennepin County Attorney’s office said in a statement released Friday.
“That’s what we’ve said from the beginning,” attorney Ron Rosenbaum, who is representing Sagehorn and his family, told the Star Tribune. “This never belonged in the criminal realm. Repeatedly, time after time, he was mentioned in the same breath with the word ‘felony.’ It was irresponsible of the police chief and the media to repeatedly quote him.”
Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said late last week he was mistaken when he said Sagehorn might face felony charges. Sagehorn, 17, a three-sport athlete, was suspended from Rogers High School for two months after the tweet came to light.
Curt Sagehorn, Reid Sagehorn’s father, told KARE 11 that the online rumor was about his son kissing a teacher, and his son replied to the rumor with a tweet that said, “Actually, yes.”
Sagehorn maintains the tweet was a joke, and shouldn't have been taken seriously by anyone. Students have rallied behind his cause with the #FreeReid social media movement, which attracted 4,000 online supporters.
District officials said the Twitter debacle left the teacher "crushed" and said the conversation had ruined her reputation, according to FOX 9.
Police identified the anonymous Twitter user behind the initial post, and Chief Beahan confirmed the Twitter conversation involved multiple posts and said more students have come forward to say they also tweeted about it, FOX 9 reports.
Sagehorn is suspended from school until April 22. But Mark Bezek, superintendent of the Elk River School District, said officials may reconsider the punishment, according to the Star Tribune. He told the Star Tribune the county attorney’s decision not to file charges against Sagehorn would have no influence on that discussion.
“That’s a separate piece from us,” he said of the criminal justice system. “We don’t get involved with that. But it’s interesting to hear.”
The district’s school board is scheduled to meet on Monday evening, but Bezek said it’s unlikely the issue will be resolved before the meeting.