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LP-A teacher resigns following allegations

LAKE PARK -- A first-year teacher at Lake Park-Audubon high school has resigned following allegations of inappropriate contact with a female high school student.

Jared Sanborn served as a business teacher and technology coordinator for the LP-A district this year until his resignation Jan. 14. In past years he has also coached junior high football and boys basketball, according to Superintendent Dale Hogie.

"We had a third-party issue a complaint Dec. 14 against Jared Sanborn alleging inappropriate contact with a school-aged student at LP-A," Hogie said.

The complaint was received late on a Friday afternoon and Sanborn was placed on administrative leave the following Monday, Dec. 17, Hogie said.

An attorney for the school district's law firm started an investigation into the complaint.

"He talked to a number of people that may have had knowledge or may have heard of the incident," Hogie said. "It was difficult to find people that had first-hand knowledge, and the investigation took a couple of days."

Then came Christmas break, and following that the district notified Sanborn that a date would be set for a hearing on the allegations. Sanborn resigned on Jan. 14, before the hearing was held, and the resignation was accepted without comment by the LP-A School Board at its regular meeting Jan. 22.

Because of the resignation, the investigative report and allegations are not public under the state's Data Practices Act. Had Sanborn stayed on and been cleared or subject to disciplinary action, the investigation report would have become public information.

A copy of the investigation report has been given to the Becker County Sheriff's Department and the Minnesota Board of Teaching, which oversees teacher licensures.

"Community members need to understand the difference between charges being brought and allegations," Hogie said.

No action has been taken on Sanborn's license and likely won't be for several months, if at all, according to Nancy Triplett, teacher ethics specialist with the Board of Teaching. She could not discuss Sanborn's case specifically because of the Data Practices Act, but did talk about how disciplinary action is handled by the board in general.

When the board receives information about teacher misconduct it generally waits until any criminal charges are resolved. In this case it's not clear if there will be any such charges.

Some criminal convictions can result in a permanent automatic revocation of a teacher's license. In other cases, it is up to a two-person disciplinary committee, made up of active, licensed teachers, to review the evidence and make a recommendation to the board's executive director, who then takes it to the full 11-person board for action.

If there are no criminal charges, the two-teacher disciplinary committee conducts its own inquiry, then makes a recommendation to the executive director. Board action can range from suspension of license, to revocation, to a requirement for more education or other some other resolution to a licensure problem.

Sanborn, who lives in Lake park, did not immediately return a phone message.