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Former Marshall teacher charged with criminal sexual conduct

June 4, 2008
By Rae Kruger
MARSHALL — A former Marshall Middle School and Marshall Junior High band teacher sexually assaulted a student over several months in 2003 in Marshall, a complaint filed in Lyon County District Court alleges.

Lori Ann Schulz, 33, of Faribault is charged with criminal sexual conduct in the second degree and fourth degree.

Schulz had sexual contact with the student, a 14-year-old girl, from January to May 2003, while Schulz was the junior high band teacher, the complaint alleges. The student was in band, the complaint said.

Schulz was a band teacher in Marshall from August 2002 until she resigned, effective June 29, 2007, the district office said.

Schulz worked with the junior high marching band during the 2002-2003 school year. The district office said Schulz’s personnel file contains no complaints.

Schulz had also been a member of the Minneota Jazz Band.

“That would be very sad if that happened,” school board chairman Jeff Chapman said. “We do the best we can to protect our children. We do criminal background checks on our staff.”

“First of all it’s disappointing something of this nature may have occurred,” Marshall Superintendent Klint Willert said. “It would be disappointing from anybody’s perspective.”

Willert said the allegations are especially disappointing because of Schulz’s abilities and musical work at the school.

“She was highly revered by many for her musical abilities and for what she did for the district. She had very high performing bands and musical groups,” Willert said of Schulz.

The school district has a criminal background check policy and that would have been in place in 2003, Willert said.

A check of the public access Minnesota court Web site does not have any criminal record for Schulz.

Schulz had sexual contact with the student victim at least once a week during the second half of the 2002-2003 school year, the complaint alleges.

Schulz would threaten to kill herself or say things to make the victim feel guilty when the victim tried to end the relationship, a police report contained in the complaint said.

At one point when the victim tried to end it, Schulz grabbed a knife, locked herself in the bathroom and threatened to kill herself, the complaint alleges.

The victim told police that Schulz acted as her friend at first but then began to isolate the victim from friends, threatened suicide and sexually assaulted the victim, the complaint said.

When the victim asked Schulz why Schulz had a boyfriend, Schulz said the boyfriend was to keep people from being suspicious and to make the victim jealous, the report in the complaint said.

Schulz also told the victim she should cut herself if she was frustrated, and if that didn’t help, the victim should try suicide, a report in the complaint said.

The victim told the police in the fall of 2007 she wanted to report the alleged sexual assaults because Schulz was no longer teaching at Marshall schools and she didn’t want it to happen to another student.

“I think the victim felt the time was right now to report it,” Det. Tim Tomasek of the Marshall Police Department said Wednesday.

“I don’t have anything to indicate any other victims,” Tomasek said.

Willert said the district will cooperate with law enforcement on the case and any additional investigation.

If there are more allegations that have not yet been reported, “we’d cooperate to have them brought to light and to be addressed accordingly,” Willert said.

Schulz had told the victim she had left a job prior to coming to Marshall because she was going to get fired for being “too close” to a student, the victim said in a report in the complaint.

When Marshall Police interviewed Schulz she said she was no longer teaching but working in an administrative job in a factory, the complaint said.

Schulz appeared in court Monday and was released on conditions she have no contact with the alleged victim and other named persons, abstain from alcohol and drugs and other conditions.

A Rule 8 hearing was set for June 18.

Joel Solie was appointed Schulz’s lawyer.

Solie could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

A telephone message was left at a number for Schulz on Wednesday afternoon.
 
 
 

 

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