ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul school officials say they are disturbed by allegations that a former janitor engaged in improper behavior with students in recent years.
The remarks come as 62-year-old Walter Happel faces new charges. Happel resigned from his job at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus school in February after authorities began a criminal investigation into his behavior.
In a statement Wednesday, St. Paul schools CEO Michelle Walker said the district is sorry and feels "terribly that this happened."
In March, Happel was charged with peeking at an 11-year-old boy in a bathroom stall at Linwood Monroe. On Tuesday, Happel was charged with various counts of criminal sexual conduct.
The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/RVFsc5 ) reports five of the new cases involve students from Linwood Monroe.
Bail for Happel is set at $245,000. Online court records do not list a defense attorney.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com