By Jeff Wagner

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Burnsville choir teacher accused of criminal sexual contact with students is back in police custody Tuesday after he violated the terms of his release.

“Violation of any court order is a concern. But this particular condition related directly to what the original charges were and that was the allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact and electronic solicitation of children,” said James Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney.

Backstrom said the say the boy in this case told his mom about Akervik’s contact over Instagram. His mother then told Burnsville police, who then relayed the information to prosecutors.

“This is disturbing from our perspective and something that obviously led us seek an immediate arrest warrant,” Backstrom said.

After Akervik was initially charged last month, more teenagers came forward from the church accusing him of sending inappropriate messages.

“We’re concerned about victims and if there’s any victim that’s out there that has not come forward, we want to hear from them,” he said.

Backstrom wouldn’t speculate if this recent accusation will have any effect on the original charges against Akervik. Last month, Akervik’s bond was set at $100,000. Backstrom said he plans to ask the judge Thursday to have the bond doubled.

Akervik will appear in court for violating the terms of his release on Thursday, followed by a scheduled court appearance for May 11.


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