Former Shattuck St. Mary's drama teacher Lynn Seibel was sentenced Friday morning to 52 months in prison for the sexual abuse of six boys at the Faribault, Minn. boarding school between 1999 and 2003.
Seibel, 71, pleaded guilty in July to seven counts of sexual abuse. He accepted a plea deal, which ensured his victims wouldn't have to re-live their pain in a courtroom.
Seibel will be eligible for supervised release after serving two-thirds of his sentence. With nine months of credit for time already spent in jail, the prison term is essentially reduced to two years. The sentence includes 30 years of probation following the prison term.
Seibel was arrested in Los Angeles last year, and police found child pornography in his apartment. Prosecutors in California dropped the pornography charges so he could be extradited to Minnesota to face the more serious sexual abuse charges.
The abuse came to light last year when one of Seibel's victims confided in someone, who then reported the abuse to authorities. A thorough investigation revealed more victims, who reported being touched inappropriately and invited to watch porn with Seibel.
NEW CIVIL LAWSUIT
Following Friday's sentencing, one of Seibel's victims filed a civil lawsuit in Rice County, naming Seibel and Shattuck St. Mary's as defendants.
"What's clear is that Seibel created a culture of coercion, confusion and sexual perversion," said St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents the plaintiff. "What's just as clear is that many around and at the top of Shattuck-St. Mary's, wittingly or unwittingly, permitted Seibel's exploitation of students. We are grateful to all of the survivors who have courageously stepped forward to hold this man and institution accountable for their actions."
This is the second lawsuit filed against the school under the new Minnesota Child Victims Act, which eliminated the civil statute of limitations for survivors of child sexual abuse.