Rochester Sunset Terrace Student Says She was Molested at School
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester police Monday announced a criminal complaint is being filed against a Stewartville man who is accused of molesting a female student at Sunset Terrace elementary school.
The complaint indicates 29-year-old Nicholas Keller was an employee at the school.
The school district says he resigned in May, which is when police were first notified.
The girl says the abuse occurred more than once, including one time in a classroom. She was enrolled in the School Aged Child Care (SACC) program at the school and Keller was a SACC teacher.
The girl told her mother in May and police interviewed her. She told investigators she had known Keller for three years. The girl turned 9 years old earlier this month.
Police are trying to determine if there are any other possible victims.
Keller is also facing eight counts of child porn involving girls under the age of 18. During the police investigation into the sex abuse case, officers say they searched Keller’s laptop and found it contained child pornography.
The school district released this statement about the situation:
“ The District has been made aware of a pending criminal matter involving a former RPS employee. We want you to know that when the district received a complaint about this employee, we took prompt and appropriate action to secure staff and student safety, and we informed the proper authorities. We continue to cooperate with law enforcement as this criminal matter moves forward.
While it can be frustrating, data privacy laws prohibit the District from releasing many details including the nature of the complaints, the identity of who brought the complaints, or the identity of any individuals who may have been impacted.
Safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We know there is no ongoing risk to any student or employee in this matter.
The Rochester Police Department will be available at the Edison Building (615 7th Street SW) on Wednesday, October 4th at 5 PM to respond to questions. Because we cannot share many details, parents may call but we will likely have to refer them to RPD. Together, RPS and RPD, felt hosting a meeting for questions would be a proactive way to support parents.