Student teacher charged with inappropriate contact with Inver Grove Heights student
- Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET
- Star Tribune
- May 25, 2012 - 7:36 PM
A 26-year-old student teacher was accused Friday of sending inappropriate messages, including a naked picture of herself, to an Inver Grove Heights high school student.
Jenna Anne Schultz, 26, of Minnetonka, was charged with stalking and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after a 17-year-old male student at Simley High School reported Thursday that Schultz had been sending Facebook messages and text messages to him for the past couple of weeks.
According to the criminal complaint, in one Facebook message, Schultz said, "I can see why they advise against this, but I just had to break the rules."
The teen had cut off communication with Schultz about a week ago because she was "annoying" him, and he showed a photo she had texted him of her naked to other students, causing rumors to spread at the school, according to the complaint.
Earlier on Thursday, Schultz had reported to the school office that she had lost a flash drive that had several personal photos of her. Police searched her home, where they recovered her cell phone, flash drives, along with her laptop, and arrested Schultz.
Schultz told police that she must have been drunk because she didn't recall messaging the boy. Schultz said she had been student-teaching since April and was supposed to be done in June.
"Crimes of this nature are very troubling and can have long-term emotional and psychological impacts on the minor victims involved," Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a prepared statement.
Schultz made her first court appearance Friday.
Nicole Norfleet • 612-673-4495; Twitter: @stribnorfleet
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