St. Paul janitor accused of inappropriate behavior before - KMSP-TV

St. Paul janitor accused of inappropriate behavior before

Posted: Updated:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

When police arrested Walter Happel earlier this week, he was booked on suspicion of interfering with privacy -- but Fox 9 News has learned he was accused of inappropriate behavior before.

A couple of years ago, a 6th grade student at Linwood Monroe told police Happel followed him into the bathroom regularly. One one occasion, Happel allegedly used the urinal next to the boy and made a comment about his own exposed genitals.

Police say an assistant principal spoke with Happel about the incident, but he denied the allegation and agreed to use the faculty bathroom from then on.

Happel was also written up in 2003 while working at another school in the district -- Jefferson Elementary, now known as Riverview -- for disobeying the principal's order to stop giving candy to students.

At that same school, he also got in trouble for giving a male student a camera and instructing him not to tell anyone, saying the gift would be their "little secret." That student told police the two would meet in a basement bathroom and that Happel would give him candy; however, he said Happel never touched him or asked him to undress.

Yet, the most troubling allegation dates back to 1991, when a teenaged relative accused Happel of sexually abusing her from the time she was 6 until she was 12 years old. Happel denied the accusation and the county attorney declined to press charges because there wasn't enough evidence to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTO: 'Disgraceful' sign at church in Oak Park Heights

    PHOTO: 'Disgraceful' sign at church in Oak Park Heights

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:59:16 GMT
    Residents in the Stillwater area were shocked to see a sign next to a local church display the message "God bless the KKK" on Monday, and police in the small Minnesota town of Oak Park Heights are looking into it.
    Residents in the Stillwater area were shocked to see a sign next to a local church display the message "God bless the KKK" on Monday, and police in the small Minnesota town of Oak Park Heights are looking into it.
  • FRESH FRUIT RECALL: Possible listeria risk in fruit sold at Trader Joe's, Costco

    FRESH FRUIT RECALL: Possible listeria risk in fruit sold at Trader Joe's, Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:23:14 GMT
    Fresh fruit sold at Trader Joes’s, Costco and other retailers via a California-based distributor is being recalled nationwide due to possible listeria contamination.
    Fresh fruit sold at Trader Joes’s, Costco and other retailers via a California-based distributor is being recalled nationwide due to possible listeria contamination.
  • Brynn's Smile Box helps with cleft lip, palate recovery

    Brynn's Smile Box helps with cleft lip, palate recovery

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:38:36 GMT
    A Minnesota family that struggled to find a support system after their newborn was born with a cleft lip and palate is working to make connecting a bit easier so that other families can find their smiles once more.
    A Minnesota family that struggled to find a support system after their newborn was born with a cleft lip and palate is working to make connecting a bit easier so that other families can find their smiles once more.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices