Report: Alleged abuse at Shattuck-St. Mary's known, not reported


Rumors of misconduct by former Shattuck-St. Mary's drama teacher Lynn Seibel floated around the hallways of the Faribault boarding school for years, but was never reported to police.

Seibel is charged with 17 counts of sexual misconduct for the alleged abuse of students ages 15 to 18, between 1996 and 2003.

As part of an MPR investigation, at least two former teachers say they either saw or heard of inappropriate activity between students and Seibel.

Former teacher and dorm parent Seth Hedderick tells MPR that on one occasion in 2000 he witnessed naked boys running around the dormitory for a "naked dance party." Hedderick went to investigate and found Seibel among naked boys in the shower area.

The incident was reported to the school, but nothing was done.

Another former teacher that lived in the dorm, Todd Arneson, also found Seibel's behavior suspicious. He said it was odd that an older man wanted to spend most of his time with children and Seibel always seemed to show up when they were naked.

After school administrators learned of rumors, an internal review was conducted in 2001, but failed "to substantiate any criminal activity." The school claims they reported the allegations to authorities, although police have no record of the conversations.

Seibel remains in the Rice County Jail pending trial.

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