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Teacher pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct with 16-year-old student

He will be sentenced this coming June.
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A 30-year-old music teacher has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct with a teenage student at Burnsville High School.

Erik Michael Akervik, of Burnsville, pleaded guilty in court on Monday to one count of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct, the Dakota County Attorney's Office told GoMN.

It comes after he admitting having intercourse with a 16-year-old boy at the school.

He will be sentenced on June 14, and as part of the plea deal a second count of criminal sexual conduct involving the same student has been dropped.

He has also been charged with electronic solicitation of a minor after sending nude photos of himself to another boy, aged 15, via Snapchat.

A jury trial will be held for this charge on July 9.

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.

Dakota County attorney James Backstrom previously said this kind of crime represents "a significant breach of trust of students, their parents, and the school community,"

A criminal complaint detailing the charges against Akervik reveals the teacher had invited the boy over to his home in December 2016, when he eventually engaged in "a sexual act" with the then 16-year-old student.

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