In the perverse world of pedophiles, this is called grooming. Do these school districts do any background checks or maybe a MMPI? I guess anything goes..

Aitkin coach, teacher accused of sexual relationship with student
By Chelsey Perkins Today at 10:56 a.m.

AITKIN — A fourth-grade teacher and junior varsity athletics coach at Aitkin Public Schools is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

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Kristy Lynn Hoge, 24, has been charged with four counts of felony criminal sexual conduct in Crow Wing County District Court.

Superintendent Bernie Novak of Aitkin Public Schools said Hoge is “not actively working at this time” and was placed on leave May 3 after district officials learned of the allegations. Hoge worked as a fourth-grade teacher at Rippleside Elementary School and a coach with the high school’s junior varsity girls’ basketball and softball programs.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Hoge, her alleged relationship with the student became sexual in March.

In a taped statement made to an investigator on May 3, the student detailed the evolution of her relationship with Hoge, which she said began in December 2015 as a friendship. The student said Hoge was easy to talk to about issues in her life. In the middle of March, the student said she and Hoge started having feelings for one another and began kissing.

Over the course of the next couple weeks, the alleged relationship evolved into first touching over the clothes, and then touching under the clothes. The student said she and Hoge met five or six times at a cemetery south of Aitkin and at a residence in Aitkin.

The student’s mother told the investigator she became aware of the alleged relationship between her daughter and Hoge on May 2, when another coach approached her with concerns. At the beginning of March, the student’s mother said her daughter asked if Hoge could spend the night while she and the student’s father were on vacation. The mother said she explained at that time it would not be appropriate for Hoge to spend the night. The student later said Hoge spent three nights at the residence and slept in her bed.

Hoge made her first court appearance Friday via interactive television in Crow Wing County District Court after Aitkin County Judge John R. Solien recused himself from the case.

Charges against Hoge include two counts of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct, when the accused is in a position of authority and more than four years older than the 16- to 18-year-old victim. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both. Hoge also faces two counts of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, which each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both.

Hoge’s unconditional bond was set at $75,000 or bond with conditions was set at $10,000. Conditions included a no-contact order with the victim along with no unsupervised contact with any female under 18 years old.

Hoge’s next court appearance was set at 2:30 p.m. June 6.

Hoge was a high school athlete at Aitkin High School and went on to play college softball for the University of Minnesota-Morris. She was hired as a fourth-grade teacher in Aitkin for the 2015-16 school year.

Novak said Hoge grew up in Aitkin and he feels for the families of both people involved in this case.

“We’re a small community and this is close to home,” Novak said. “We just need to respect all families and all parties in this issue as we deal with it.”

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