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Blaine 4th-grade teacher charged with molesting student

By TAD VEZNER | tvezner@pioneerpress.com
March 9, 2016 | UPDATED: 17 hours ago

A fourth-grade teacher at a Blaine elementary school is accused of molesting a student multiple times over the course of several months.

Kenneth Sonnenfeld (Courtesy of Anoka County sheriff)

Kenneth Sonnenfeld (Courtesy of Anoka County sheriff)

Kenneth Lee Sonnenfeld Jr., 52, of Oak Grove, was charged Wednesday in Anoka County District Court with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Sonnenfeld teaches math and science at Johnsville Elementary School in Blaine.

According to a criminal complaint, Sonnenfeld touched a female student’s genitalia on a half-dozen occasions between late 2014 and the spring of 2015, while she was standing next his desk receiving help with schoolwork.
The girl was 9 years old when the alleged touching started, and 10 when, according to the complaint, “she stopped asking for help so that he would stop touching her.” She told investigators “she decided to talk about what happened so that her chest and stomach wouldn’t hurt anymore.”
The Anoka County sheriff’s department is investigating the alleged incidents.

District officials said Sonnenfeld was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday while the criminal investigation takes place. They added in a written statement that they will conduct their own investigation into the incident, “and action may be taken as a result of those findings.”

Sonnenfeld was in the Anoka County jail Wednesday; his bail had yet to be set.

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