Teacher charged with having sex with student

7:22 PM, Dec 5, 2005   |    comments
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A Twin Cities teacher was charged Monday with having sexual relations with 15-year-old student. James Eldon Solum is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Solum was — until his recent resignation — a teacher in Shakopee, but he is charged in Hennepin County because the alleged sexual encounters happened at his Eden Prairie home. According to a press release from Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, "Solum was arrested late Friday by Eden Prairie Police" and made his first court appearance Monday. “This is a betrayal of trust against the girl, her family and the school,” Klobuchar said. “Parents entrust their children to teachers every day, and most teachers take their responsibilities very seriously. But this is a teacher who abused his position and crossed the boundary into irresponsible and criminal behavior with a student.” According to the criminal complaint: "Solum was a physical education teacher at Shakopee Junior High School, where the 15-year-old girl was a student. The girl said that on two separate occasions in September this year, she went to Solum’s apartment in Eden Prairie and he had sexual relations with her." "Solum admitted to police that he developed a close personal relationship with the girl," the release said.

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