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Continued: Charges: Former St. Paul principals failed to report custodian's sexual misconduct

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 15, 2014 - 9:06 AM

A review of his file also showed that district human resources employees interviewed school staff between Jan. 11 and 17, 2012, about Happel’s interactions with students.

“Staff members reported several instances of what they considered to be conduct on the part of Happel that caused them concern, including following students into the student bathroom, using the student bathroom while students were present, and giving candy to students,” according to the complaints. “In subsequent statements to police, some of the staff indicated they had told the school administration of their concerns.”

Charges also show that in December 2011, a student’s mother reported to police that Happel followed her son into the bathroom, exposed his genitals to the boy and said, “It’s a big thing.” The mother told police that she went to them after reporting it to the school and receiving no response for four weeks.

Happel, 62, of Newport, resigned from the district in late February. He is charged in eight cases in Ramsey County District Court. Six of his alleged victims are students at Linwood Monroe. Two others include a family friend and a relative Happel is suspected of abusing about 30 years ago.

Behnke and Guidry did not return messages seeking comment.

Staff writer Anthony Lonetree contributed to this report. Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708 Twitter: @ChaoStrib

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