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Former teacher charged with sexual misconduct

A former Lake Park -Audubon teacher has been charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.

Jared Lee Sanborn, 25, of P.O. Box 122, Lake Park, appeared in Becker County District Court Wednesday.

According to court records:

On Jan. 14, Lake Park police received a report of a possible sexual assault involving an 18-year-old girl.

An investigation by the Becker County Sheriff's Department allegedly found that Sanborn had sexual intercourse with the girl between late February of 2005 and early May of 2005, when she was 15 and he was 21 and 22. The sexual contact allegedly occurred at a residence in Becker County and included 4-6 instances of intercourse.

Sanborn appeared before District Judge Joe Evans, who set cash bail at $3,000 or bond at $20,000. Among other conditions of release, he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

His next court appearance is set for June 23.

Sanborn, a first-year teacher at Lake Park-Audubon high school, taught business and was technology coordinator until his resignation Jan. 14.

In past years he has also coached junior high football and boys basketball.

Sanborn resigned on Jan. 14, and the resignation was accepted without comment by the LP-A School Board at its regular meeting Jan. 22.

No action has yet been taken on Sanborn's teaching license, 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.

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.