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Shakopee teacher charged with solicitation over messages sent to boy


A Shakopee school teacher and theater group worker has been charged with solicitation of a child after he allegedly sent suggestive messages to a 15-year-old boy.

Andrew Scott Hasty, 34, of Cumberland, Wisconsin, has been charged with three felonies after police received a complaint about a boy receiving inappropriate text messages from an adult male, according to a release from the Carver County Sheriff's Office.

Hasty is alleged to have sent the boy messages saying "I want you" and "I wish you were mine but I'm ashamed," as well as asking the boy to send him explicit photos.

He is said to have met the victim through the Chaska Valley Family Theater group where he worked, but from which he has since resigned. He is also a school teacher for Shakopee Public Schools, who have placed him on administrative leave.

The St. Cloud Times notes that Hasty used to be a choir director and music teacher at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, but resigned in May 2013.

He has been charged with soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct, soliciting a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct and engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child, the police release states.

He is in custody at the Carver County Jail, with bail set at $10,000. He is due to appear in court at 8.30 a.m. Friday.

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