Inappropriate contact between staffer, students alleged at STA

Inappropriate contact between staffer, students alleged at St. Thomas Academy (STA) High School

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. - Police in Mendota Heights confirm they are looking into reports of inappropriate contact between a faculty member and up to three students at St. Thomas Academy (STA) High School. 

Sergeant Eric Petersen says police were notified Tuesday of the allegations, and that the investigation is preliminary at this time. He did not detail whether the reported conduct was physical or via social media, but shared that additional potential victims and witnesses are being interviewed.  

Petersen added that no arrests have been made, and no additional St. Thomas Academy students are in danger or jeopardy.

In a statement released early Wednesday afternoon a STA spokesperson acknowledged the situation and confirmed that the faculty member linked to the allegations is no longer employed by the school. 

"We became aware of a situation involving a faculty member and immediately contacted the Mendota Heights Police Department," the statement reads. "Out of respect for their investigation, we are deferring all questions to them at this time. Because the well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority, the faculty member involved is no longer employed by Saint Thomas Academy." 

Mendota Police say the investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is likely to be available until Monday. 

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