Special ed students confront Minn. teacher accused of sexual assault
LA CRESCENT, Minn. (KMSP) -
A special education teacher in La Crescent, Minn. is charged with sexually assaulting children after he was confronted by his students.
Jason David Barker, 37, is charged in Houston County with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and fifth-degree sexual conduct with children younger than 13.
According to the charges, five students at La Crescent Montessori Academy confronted Barker earlier this month about his behavior. The school called police, leading to Barker's arrest at his home on Jan. 18.
Barker was a part-time substitute teacher at La Crescent Montessori. He has since resigned.
One student alleges Barker "put his hands down the back of her pants, lifted her shirt, rubbed her belly and touched her breasts.".
The La Crosse Tribune reports Barker has denied the allegations, but says sometimes he pushes the "boundaries in teaching."
The newspaper also reports Barker faces unrelated felony charges in Winona County for threatening to stab two people. He has a previous felony conviction in Ramsey County for criminal damage to property in 1995.