HOPKINS, Minn. - A Hopkins elementary school student worker is charged with criminal sexual conduct after two sixth-grade students told officials he was touching them inappropriately.
David Joseph Madrigal, 54, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct for engaging in sexual contact with victims under the age of 13.
According to the charges, Madrigal, of Minneapolis, was working as a student support specialist at Eisenhower Elementary when school counselors received an anonymous letter on April 6 from sixth-grade students, saying they were being touched in a way that made them feel scared.
Madrigal was removed from school grounds and interviews were conducted with the students who submitted the letter.
Charges say school officials searched Madrigal's workspace and found post-it notes with websites, usernames and email addresses for several adult sites including "Flirty Desires," "Screw Locals" and "Insta Cuties." In a search of Madrigal's browser history on the school-issued computer, some of the websites mentioned "teens."
Several students told authorities how Madrigal would rub their shoulders, arms and thighs, touch their lower backs and stare at their bodies. They said he'd often make comments about how they were dressed and give them candy. Two of those students -- a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old -- said the contact was sexual in nature.
One victim said some of the inappropriate touching started when she was in the fifth grade. She said he would sit by her in the classroom or lunchroom and rub her upper inner thigh. She said he also seemed like he was going to try to kiss her but she pulled away.
The other victim described how Madrigal would discipline her by locking her in his office, before touching her hair and upper thigh while telling her she was pretty. She said he would often stare at her chest and make her feel unsafe.
Hopkins Police arrested Madrigal at his apartment on April 28, after he failed to attend a meeting with school staff. He is currently in custody.
Hopkins Public Schools released the following statement:
The health and safety of our students is the number one priority of Hopkins Public Schools. We are deeply concerned about these unsettling allegations and how they may have impacted our students and our community. We will continue to work with the Hopkins Police Department to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. If families have additional information, we encourage them to contact the Hopkins Police.
On Thursday, April 6, our District was made aware of a complaint brought forward by students regarding a paraprofessional staff member at Eisenhower Elementary. The District responded to the complaint immediately and worked in partnership with the Hopkins Police Department. During the investigation, the employee was placed on administrative leave and a no-trespass/no contact order was issued banning the employee from school grounds and prohibiting contact of Hopkins students and staff. Data privacy laws prohibit us from making further comments.