ND Teacher of the Year Charged With 5 Felonies

August 22, 2014: ABC News reported the arrest of Aaron Knodel, an English teacher at West Fargo High School.  Knodel was named the 2014 teacher of the year by North Dakota United (teacher’s Union).  Knodel is credited with starting both a student congress and trivia team at the school and is now on leave, pending arraignment, for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17 year old student in 2009.

ABC News wrote:

Authorities say the incidents happened in February or March of 2009, including twice in a classroom, twice at Knodel’s residence and once in the victim’s car. The alleged victim was 17 years old at the time.

Flowers said police told school district officials on Feb. 14 about the investigation into Knodel’s conduct.

“We knew the general nature of the complaint alleged misconduct with a student,” Flowers said. “We therefore determined that administrative leave was the best course of action.”

Mike Reitan, the West Fargo police chief, said Friday the case was transferred to the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation because of Knodel’s relationship with detectives within the department.

“We have shared information with the school as we have been allowed … and have been following up with BCI to make sure the investigation continued to progress,” Reitan said.

Knodel, who also coaches speech and debate at West Fargo, was named the 2014 teacher of the year by North Dakota United, the teachers union. A press release put out by the union after the award said he started both a student congress and trivia team at the school.

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Sources:

ABC News

ND Teacher of the Year Charged With 5 Felonies

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