Teacher charged with sexually assaulting student the subject of another complaint

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A fourth-grade teacher charged with sexually assaulting one of his students was the subject of another complaint this week – but authorities say it doesn't appear to be a crime.

Kenneth L. Sonnenfeld was charged this week with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old student multiple times when she would ask for help with schoolwork.

On Friday, the Anoka County Sheriff's Department said it received a separate complaint related to Sonnenfeld Thursday – though didn't detail the exact allegations.

Commander Paul Sommer told BringMeTheNews it did not involve inappropriate touching, and would have taken place eight years ago.

The sheriff's department looked into the new claims, and after interviews the conduct described to them "does not rise to the level of criminal behavior," the update said.

"The report did not constitute any criminal allegations," Sommer said.

It won't be looked into any further, according to the sheriff's office.

Sonnenfeld posted bail and was released Thursday evening.

If convicted, Sonnenfeld could face up to 25 years in prison, plus a conditional release term, and/or a fine ranging from $10,500 to $35,000.

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