A music teacher at Burnsville High School is accused of sending nude photos of himself to a student and sexually assaulting another student, the Dakota County Attorney's Office said Wednesday.
Erik Akervik, 29, was charged Wednesday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and electronic solicitation of a child in connection to the incidents. His bail was set at $150,000 without conditions.
“It is a felony under Minnesota law for a teacher to have sexual relations with a student who is 16 or 17 years old, if the teacher is more than 48 months older than the student. Criminal activity of this nature is a significant breach of trust of students, their parents, and the school community," Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a statement.
On April 10, a school resource officer at Burnsville High School found out that Akervik was having inappropriate communication with a 15-year-old student. The student said Akervik had been chatting with him on Snapchat, including a message that said "I'd like to get to know you closer and better."
Akervik also sent him nude photos, which the student saved, and told the student he took "the virginity of a 15 or 16 year old."
Police ended up making contact with that student, who also goes to Burnsville High School. He told police Akervik had invited him over in December 2016, and when they were watching TV Akervik started kissing him, and then "proceeded to engage in a sexual act" with the student, who was 16 at the time.
Officials are also asking anyone who has information about other potential victims to contact Sgt. Patrick Gast of the Burnsville Police Department at 952-895-4609.
Akervik has been a high school music teacher in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district since August 2013, the Pioneer Press reports. Before working in Burnsville, Akervik was employed as a music teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools from 2010-13, the Star Tribune says.
He's also worked at Mount Oliver Lutheran Church in Minneapolis since 2011. The church placed him on leave Monday, reports note.