Teacher charged with attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Dan Arlen Anderson, a Minneapolis school teacher, was charged with attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct and stalking of a victim under 18 years of age, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Anderson, 46, of Oakdale is a social studies teacher at Minneapolis South High School, 3131 S. 19th Ave. His first court appearance was June 23 and his next hearing is scheduled for July 31. The attempted criminal sexual conduct charge references his position of authority as a teacher over the victim, a student at the school.

“It is very disappointing that a very few individuals use their position of authority to prey on the young people they are supposed to develop into intelligent adults and productive citizens,” Freeman said. “I hope this prosecution sends a clear message to cut out this totally inappropriate behavior.”

According to the criminal complaint, on May 17, 2014, a South High School student reported to Minneapolis police that Anderson was trying to get her to engage in sex acts with him.

The next day, an investigator spoke to Anderson. The teacher admitted to asking for the student’s phone number and sending her a dozen text messages which were sexual in nature.  Two of the messages included photos of the defendant’s penis. Anderson admitted that his goal was to engage in sexual activity with the victim, according to the complaint.

The student also gave her phone to Minneapolis police and they recovered incriminating texts and the photos sent by the defendant, the complaint states. 

Read the complaint.