MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 46-year-old Massachusetts man — who is a former theater teacher at a middle school in Anoka — faces multiple charges accusing him of sexually abusing four juvenile students.
On Friday, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said Jefferson Jerome Fietek, of Malden, Massachusetts, was arrested by Malden police and will be held in a local jail while waiting for extradition to Minnesota.READ MORE: Children's Wisconsin Still Treating 8 Victims From Waukesha Christmas Parade Crash
According to the criminal complaint, the sexual assaults took place at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, previously Fred Moore Middle School, and in surrounding areas of Anoka County, including Fietek’s home.
Initially, police began investigating when two juvenile victims reported being sexually assaulted by Fietek. Then, two additional juvenile victims came forward during the investigation. The victims’ ages ranged from 14 to 16 years old, with the assaults occurring over the span of nearly 10 years, from 2009 to 2019.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Mild Temps In Twin Cities Sunday, Light Snow Possible Up North Overnight
Fietek now faces seven felony charges of criminal sexual conduct, with four of those being first-degree. First-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine.
The investigation is ongoing. Authorities are encouraging victims of sexual assault related to this case, or any other suspect, should report the assault to law enforcement. In Anoka County, victims can call 763-427-1212.
A spokesperson from Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 gave this statement Friday to WCCO:MORE NEWS: North Minneapolis' Shiloh Temple Part Of Growing Trend Of Community Solar Providers
The district did investigate three complaints against Jefferson Fietek during his time with the district and none of them resulted in discipline. So, by Minnesota law the results of those complaints remain private employee data. I can confirm that if a complaint came forward regarding criminal sexual conduct the district would immediately report it to law enforcement and to the Minnesota Department of Education as required by law. This is what happened when the district was alerted to information on a Facebook post on June 25.