Former Shattuck teacher gets 4 years for sex abuse

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FARIBAULT, Minn. - A former teacher at an esteemed prep school in southern Minnesota has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for sexually abusing six male students more than a decade ago.

Lynn Seibel pleaded guilty to seven counts in July, more than a year after police began investigating alleged sexual contact with students at Shattuck-St. Mary's school.

He was sentenced Friday to 52 months in prison and will get credit for time served. The 71-year-old will then be on probation, likely for the rest of his life.

Seibel taught drama at Shattuck-St. Mary's from 1992 to 2003 and served as a dorm parent. He left in 2003 after child pornography was found on his computer. Seibel was working as an actor in California before his arrest last year.

Immediately following Seibel's sentencing one of his victims who attended Shattuck from 2000-2004 filed a lawsuit in Rice County alleging sexual abuse by Seibel and naming Shattuck-St. Mary's as defendants.

In addition to naked dance parties and pornography viewing, the lawsuit alleges that Seibel sexually abused students after locking the doors to a classroom adjacent to the basketball gym. 

"What's clear is that Seibel created a culture of coercion, confusion and sexual perversion," said Doe YZ's attorney, Jeff Anderson. "What's just as clear is that many around and at the top of Shattuck-St. Mary's, wittingly or unwittingly, permitted Seibel's exploitation of students. We are grateful to all of the survivors who have courageously stepped forward to hold this man and institution accountable for their actions."

Anderson and his client maintain that Shattuck-St. Mary's declined to act despite a teacher reporting Seibel's activities to the administration.

The lawsuit filed Friday is the second against the school under the new Minnesota Child Victims Act passed in May eliminating the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse survivors.

It also opened a three year window for prior victims to come forward and hold their abusers and the institutions that may have allowed their abuse accountable in court.

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