Minnesota Teacher-Student Sexual Relationships

Dakota Co. Attorney James C. Backstrom


”Quite frankly, it should be a crime,” said County Attorney Backstrom.  He pushed to change the law after a similar case nearly a decade ago.

In light of the new cases, he says he will once again encourage lawmakers to make teacher-student sexual relationships illegal, regardless of the student’s age.

“I’ll raise this issue again with legislators here in Dakota County and hopefully get the bill introduced again next session, Backstrom said. “I think it’s worth another try.”

KARE 11 Investigates: Teacher-student sex not always illegal in Minnesota

Lou Raguse, KARE 10:22 PM. CDT October 04, 2017

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – A county prosecutor is calling for a change in Minnesota law – to make it illegal for teachers to have sexual contact with high school students, regardless of their age.

Currently, it’s not a crime in Minnesota for a teacher to have sexual relations with a student who is at least 18 years old.

And recent cases reviewed in a KARE 11 investigation, raise questions about how Minnesota holds teachers accountable if they do have sex with their students.

In some cases, KARE 11 learned state education officials won’t even investigate.

“It just eats at you, because you put this trust in these people to protect them,” said the mother of one student.

Continue Reading: http://www.kare11.com/news/kare-11-investigates-teacher-student-sex-not-always-illegal-in-minnesota/480903753

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Media promotes stories that create societal outrage and the solution is always more legislation and initiatives, tougher laws, more law enforcement, more training, etc. None of these solutions make a meaningful difference in preventing sex offenses and really just appease our need to feel that we are protecting children and that our legislature is addressing the issue.

State laws regarding “consensual sex” (referred to generally as statutory rape laws) prohibit adult-child relationships but define childhood differently, depending upon the state.

What is the Minnesota Age of Consent?

The Minnesota Age of Consent is 16 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in Minnesota are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.

Minnesota statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age 16, although it is raised to 18 when the offender is an authority figure. If the younger party is 13-15, their partners must be no more then 2 years older, and children under 13 may only consent to those less than 36 months older.

Age of consent laws are tied into other statues such as those of rape and sexually assaulting and raping somebody is already a crime.

A very wise saying. Those who expect a new law to magically make all that nasty bad behavior disappear fool themselves. You can change said behavior by several means, but making laws is not one of them.

“There is no simple fix to the devastating problem of sex abuse. Instead of politically popular measures that make no difference we need to turn our attention and resources to ways of addressing the epidemic of sex abuse that, while perhaps not as politically popular, will actually work so that more potential victims can be spared.” Deborah Jacobs, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

Inquiring Minds Want To Know

Dave Kleis Mayor ci.stcloud.mn.us

To: Mayor Dave Kleis <dave.kleis@ci.stcloud.mn.us>,

Apparently NOTHING happened at Apollo two days ago…NO THERE THERE…move on.

To refresh the memory of St. Cloud parents the Times DID a hidden report on the crime rates in our district 742 and compared them to neighboring districts…

perhaps the article was too long for most to read but I venture to say it is because the paper does not reach too many doorsteps these days and our school board and mayor have been neglect to mention these numbers while touting Good Old St. Cloud.

Summary of the article is staggering:
As stated by the articles writer:
The report focuses on the calls that are considered the most violent: assault, arson, abduction, criminal sexual conduct, terroristic threats, threats of violence, harassing/disturbing communications, possessing weapons or ammunition on school property, fights and stalking.

District 742:                                 
Westwood: 4
North Jr. High:56
South Jr. High:53

             for a total of 424…

other than the “Tech uprising” over a Tweet that got NUMEROUS DAYS of press coverage, How many did YOU personally hear about?

Do you all remember back when the “gang problem” started in St. Cloud?

The kids knew about it…
the parents knew about it..
the talk around the water coolers was about it.
We talked about it behind closed doors…
we talked and talked and talked.
We asked and got “pooh-poohed”.
The “Leaders” of our city denied it.
The people hired to protect our city denied it,
the schools denied it, UNTIL it got out of hand.
YTD…we still have a gang problem.
After (was it 10 years?) a gang task force was finally put into place…
AFTER they’d taken their place and become commonplace in our community.

Our leaders are setting a trend.
DENY we’ve a problem again (you all know what I’m talking about).
There is no there there.

Back in February the Times did some “investigative” reporting GOING back to what we should (I feel) be told about IN REAL TIME.
CRIME…in this case it was crime in our schools. Unbelievable crimes.
If you missed it let me refresh your memory:

School police calls

David Unze , dunze@stcloudtimes.com 8:05 a.m. CT                                     
Feb. 11, 2017

For this report, the St. Cloud Times requested information on police calls to schools in St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park for 2010 through 2015 calendar years. The report focuses on the calls that are considered the most violent: assault, arson, abduction, criminal sexual conduct, terroristic threats, threats of violence, harassing/disturbing communications, possessing weapons or ammunition on school property, fights and stalking.

The numbers reflect what the reporting party believed was happening at the time. Often, those initial reports are unfounded, incorrect or can’t be verified. Some lead to criminal charges, suspensions and expulsions.

In some departments, databases show whether officers determined the complaint was unfounded but don’t show whether anyone was charged. In some departments, police have data that shows if someone was charged.

For Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park schools, a Times reporter reviewed all of the calls and tried to make an objective determination of whether the reported incident happened. For St. Cloud schools, the Times reviewed data that showed whether someone was charged with a crime.

St. Cloud school district

Westwood Elementary School: 4 (charges filed in 2 cases).             
Assault: 2 (charges filed in 1 case). 1 staff victim.
Knife: 1 (charges filed).
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).

Madison Elementary School: 18 (charges filed in 6 cases).
Arson: 1 (no charges filed).
Assault/fight: 16 (charges filed in 6 cases). 3 staff victims.
Threat: 1 (no charges filed).

Lincoln Elementary School: 10 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Assault/fight: 5 (charges filed in 1 case).
Gun: 1 (no charges filed).
Knife: 1 (charges filed).
Threat: 3 (no charges filed).

STRIDE Academy: 11 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Assault/fight: 5 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).
Threat: 5 (no charges filed).

Talahi Community School: 28 (charges filed in 6 cases).
Assault/fight: 18 (charges filed in 4 cases; 2 others happened outside school hours).
Gun: 6 (charges filed in 2 cases; 1 other during summer; another after school).
Sex assault: 3 (none during school hours).
Threat: 1 (no charges filed).

North Junior High School: 56 (charges filed in 25 cases)
Assault/fight: 38 (charges filed in 21 cases). 3 staff victims; 1 officer.
Gun: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).
Gunshot: 1 (no charges files).
Knife: 3 (no charges filed).
Sex assault: 6 (charges filed in 1 case).
Threat: 6 (charges filed in 2 cases)

South Junior High School: 53 (charges files in 24 cases).
Assault/fight: 45 (charges filed in 21 cases).
Knife: 5 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).
Threat: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).

Apollo High School: 71 (charges filed in 35 cases).
Arson: 1 (charges filed).
Assault/fight: 57 (charges filed in 33 cases). 11 staff victims; one officer.
Sex assault: 7 (charges filed in 1 case).
Threat : 6 (no charges filed).

Tech High School: 117 (charged filed in 65 cases).
Assault/fight: 83 (charges filed in 60 cases). 5 staff victims; 1 officer.
Gun: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).
Knife: 1 (no charges filed).
Sex assault: 12 (none occurred at school).
Threat/stalking 19 (charges filed in 4 cases). 1 staff victim.

Discovery Community School: 11 (6 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 2 (1 unfounded).
Gun: 1 (replica BB gun).
Gunshot: 1 (unfounded).
Knife: 1.
Sex assault: 2 (both unfounded).
Threats: 4 (2 unfounded).

Area Learning Center: 45 (4 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 27 (2 unfounded).
Gun: 1.
Knife: 4.
Sex assault: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).
Threat: 11 (2 unfounded). 3 staff victims.

Sauk Rapids-Rice school district            

High school: 63 (27 unfounded).
Arson: 1.
Assault/fight: 29 (8 unfounded). 2 staff victims.
Knife: 8 (1 unfounded).
Sex assault: 5 (5 unfounded).
Threats: 20 (13 unfounded).

Middle school: 14 (3 unfounded).
Arson: 1.
Assault/fight: 8 (3 unfounded).
Knife: 3.
Threats: 2.

Mississippi Heights Elementary School: 7 (5 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 3 (3 unfounded).
Gun: 2 (1 was a toy gun; other unfounded).
Sex assault: 1.
Threats/harassment: 1 (unfounded).

Pleasantview Elementary School: 6 (3 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 3 (2 unfounded).
Sexual assault: 1 (unfounded).
Threats: 2.


Sartell-St. Stephen school district  

High school: 7 (3 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 4 (1 unfounded).
Gunshot: 1 (unfounded).
Sex assault: 1 (consensual).
Threats: 1 (unfounded).

Middle school: 7 (1 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 4 (1 unfounded).
Knife: 2.
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).

Oak Ridge Elementary School: 1.
Assault/Fight: 1.

Had this report come out BEFORE the new school was voted on PERHAPS people would have seen that what we didn’t need was a shiny bauble to wave in front of people’s eyes with false promises and a fake front.
A whitewashed school (tomb) all shiny on the outside and rotten inside.

There are many students in our high schools who are NOT children but have need of an education. Let’s stop being PC here and call it what it is.

Adults from God knows where who “don’t speak the language” but are mixed into “the system” because we promise to educate “the children.”
SINCE WHEN are 20+ year olds (or for that matter over 18 year olds) CHILDREN).

These adults (no matter what their education level) do NOT belong in our grade schools and High Schools.

Students driving away from their junior highs in their cars (how many junior high students do you know have a driver’s license?).
Senior high school men (not boys).
And why are we obligated to educate them?
Enquiring minds want to know.
I’ve asked and been ignored

I’ve asked but have been given inadequate answers.
I’ve asked and been called racist for having done so.
I do not know who or what tipped off the “unfortunate incident” at Apollo yesterday…
BUT FOLKS listen up,
WE are the taxpayers,
we are the parents and the grandparents and the neighbors of the children who are obviously NOT in safe environments when at school,
we are NOT informed,
we are being LIED to by leaders in our city, state, schools and PULPITS.

When you see something, hear something …SAY SOMETHING, ASK QUESTIONS.
WE ALL have a right to know in real time just what is going ON!!

From our resident truth teller June…

Public Works Birthday Package

Birthday-party-clip-art-free-clipart-images-2-clipartcowLion News 

Lion News is a local grassroots media outlet. Lion News focuses in on local corruption.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Special Treatment For City Of Crystal’s City Council Member Jeff Kolb’s Private “Public Works Birthday” Package? Inquiring Minds Want To Know, Don’t They? Does Kolb Treat Public Property Like It Is His Personal Property? Inquiring Minds Really Want To Know, Don’t They? Public Works Director/City Engineer Mark Ray Retaliates Against Whistleblower Nemmers? No Surprise, Right? City of Crystal Council Member Jeff “Special Treatment/Abuse of Power” Kolb Sends Nemmers A Harassing & Threatening Email? Again, No Surprise, Right?

from:    Lion News lionnews00@gmail.com
to:    mark.ray@crystalmn.gov,
date:    Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 11:57 AM
subject:    Chapter 13 data request – “Public works birthday” package for City Council member Jeff Kolb
mailed-by:    gmail.com

Mark Ray, Public Works Director/City Engineer 763-531-1160

Chapter 13 data request – Please email me the following readily available free, electronic public data:

1. Current affidavit of candidacy of City Council member Jeff Kolb
2. City of Crystal’s minutes and resolution appointing a city responsible authority.
3. City of Crystal’s Notice to Commissioner of Administration: Adoption of Model Policies – Years: 2010-2016.
4. Signed joint powers agreement with the League of Minnesota Cities and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and City of Crystal’s minutes and resolution appointing city personnel to League of Minnesota Cities (LMCT) and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT).
5. “Public works birthday” package data for City Council member Jeff Kolb:
a. Names, employee identification numbers, actual gross salary, union contract, job description, of City of City Public Works personnel and other personnel from the City of Crystal who transported “wheel loader” and supervised delivery of “wheel loader”, supervised event involving “wheel loader” and returned “wheel loader” after event at  “Public works birthday” package for City Council member Jeff Kolb.
b. Permits, waivers of liability, copy of Kolb’s private insurance for event, notifications to and responses from LMCIT & LMCIT that City of Crystal public property aka “wheel loader” was to be used at private event for City Council member Jeff Kolb, contract with Kolb, invoice for “Public works birthday” package and payment received by Kolb for “Public works birthday” package .
c. Current City of Crystal’s inventory of construction equipment, hourly rates for Public work equipment, 2015 City of Crystal’s warrant data for Public Works dept. aka accounts payable/accounts receivable.

Terry Dean, Nemmers (320) 283-5713

Continue Reading: http://lionnews00.blogspot.com/2016/08/special-treatment-for-city-of-crystals.html

“Gray State” Full Movie

Reblogged from POLICE STATE USA

‘Gray State’ filmmaker and his family found dead in ‘apparent murder-suicide’

David and Komel Crowley
'Gray State' director David Crowley. (Image: GrayState.com)
‘Gray State’ director David Crowley. (Image: GrayState.com)

APPLE VALLEY, MN — The project leader of the controversial film, “Gray State,” along with his wife and daughter, were found dead in their home in what authorities have labeled an “apparent murder-suicide.”

The bodies of David Crowley, 29, his wife Komel, 28, and their 5-year-old daughter were discovered lying in their home by a neighbor.

David and Komel Crowley
David and Komel Crowley

The Crowley family had not been seen since before Christmas, and neighbors assumed that they were on an extended vacation. Neighbor Collin Prochnow said he grew concerned when packages piled up on the couple’s doorstep and he heard a dog barking inside.

When he looked in the window on the morning of January 18th, 2015, the grim discovery was made. It was reported that the bodies appeared to have been inside for weeks before being discovered. Christmas lights were still illuminated and presents were left unopened under the Christmas tree.

Continue Reading: http://www.policestateusa.com/2015/gray-state-suicide


FULL MOVIE Gray State The Rise By Assassinated filmmaker David Crowley Rough Draft Grey State

Published on Jan 27, 2015

UPLOADED IN MEMORY OF Gray State filmmaker David Crowley, his wife Komel Crowley, and their 5-year-old daughter, Rani who I believe to be assassinated and found on 1/17/2015.

The GRAY STATE Project

The world reels with the turmoil of war, geological disaster, and economic collapse, while Americans continue to submerge themselves in illusions of safety and immunity. While rights are sold for security, the federal government, swollen with power, begins a systematic takeover of liberty in order to bring about a New World Order.

Americans, quarantined to militarized districts, become a population ripe for tyrannical control.
Fearmongering, terrorism, police state, martial law, war, arrest, internment, hunger, oppression, violence, resistance – these are the terms by which Americans define their existence. Neighbor is turned against neighbor as the value of the dollar plunges to zero, food supplies are depleted, and everyone becomes a terror suspect. There are arrests. Disappearances. Bio attacks. Public executions of those even suspected of dissent. Even rumors of concentration camps on American soil.

This is the backdrop to an unfolding story of resistance. American militias prepare for guerrilla warfare. There are mass defections from the military as true Patriots attempt to rally around the Constitution and defend liberty, preparing a national insurgency against federal forces, knowing full well this will be the last time in history the oppressed will be capable of organized resistance.

It is a time of transition, of shifting alliance, of mass awakening and mass execution. It is an impending storm, an iron-gray morning that puts into effect decades of over-comfort and complacency, and Americans wake up to an occupied homeland. It is a time of lists. Black list, white list, and those still caught in the middle, those who risk physical death for their free will and those who sell their souls to maintain their idle thoughts and easy comforts. It is in this Gray State that the perpetuation of human freedom will be contested, or crushed.

Is it the near future, or is it the present? The Gray State is coming – by consent or conquest. This is battlefield USA.
Encompassing the world of conspiracy theory, economic collapse, global disaster, end-time prophecies, martial law, and growing civil unrest, GRAY STATE is a piercing look into the immediate future in which the withered remains of freedom are traded for an impression of security.

GRAY STATE is the reality that can no longer be ignored. It is coming – by consent or conquest.