Gail E. Gagne

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Gagne's granddaughter charged with sex crime

  • Star Tribune Staff Writers
  • December 4, 2009 - 12:46 AM

A 25-year-old former weight room supervisor and teacher at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul faces two counts of third-degree criminal-sexual conduct for alleged incidents with a 16-year-old student in 2008.

Gail E. Gagne's lawyer, Earl Gray, said she will plead not guilty and go to trial on the charges, which were filed in Hennepin County District Court.

The complaint alleges that Gagne, the granddaughter of former professional wrestler Verne Gagne and the daughter of former professional wrestler Greg Gagne, engaged in sexual conduct on several occasions with the male student, who worked under her supervision in the weight room. He is not identified in the complaint.

The alleged victim said Gagne took him to her Bloomington home and had oral sex with him.

Later, she took him to a hotel near the Mall of America, where the two spent the night and had sex, the complaint said.

Hotel records and Gagne's credit card receipts show that on Sept. 13-14 of that year, she spent the night at LaQuinta Hotel on Nicollet Avenue south in Bloomington, the complaint said.

The principal at the private Catholic school told police that Gagne was hired in November 2007 as an assistant basketball coach. From January through September 2008, she was a substitute teacher. In the summer of 2008, she worked in the weight room, and in late September 2008, she was hired as a full-time teacher, the complaint said.

On May 4, 2009, police were called to the school to investigate an allegation of sexual conduct between a student and a teacher. The complaint did not explain the delays in the report to police and the filing of charges.

Gagne is not in custody. St. Paul police say they believe she is living in the Chicago area. Hennepin County District Judge Ron Abrams issued a warrant Tuesday for her arrest.

No court date has been set. Each charge is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Greg Gagne declined to comment. • 612-673-1747 • 612-741-4992

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