SSM teacher faces extradition on 17 felony counts
A former Shattuck- St. Mary’s teacher is facing 17 felony counts involving child pornography and sexual misconduct. A formal criminal complaint filed yesterday in Rice County accuses 70 year old Lynn Philip Seibel of 2nd and 4th degree criminal sexual conduct, soliciting minors for sexual purposes, possessing pornography on his computer and using minors in pornographic work. All the victims were between the ages of 15 and 17 at the time. Seibel worked for SSM from 1992 to 2003 when he was let go after pornographic images were found on his computer. According to some reports there were more than 14,000 images found. Victims report that Seibel held “sessions” with boys in the dorm hall where he was dorm parent, showing them pornographic films and encouraging them to masturbate. Seibel explains his behavior saying he got caught up in being “the big dude on campus”. So far 6 victims have come forward. The most serious charge carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. Seibel is currently in a California jail facing extradition to Rice County.
Were authorities told of allegations?
Although allegations of inappropriate behavior by Seibel first surfaced in 2001, Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster says that Rice County Social Services never received any reports of abuse from the school. When asked what obligation SSM had to report these incidents, Beaumaster said it’s the individuals at the school who have the obligation. Reports of how much the school knew, what their obligations were and whether they did enough to protect the children at SSM, are contradictory. Beaumaster says the next step is to extradite Seibel. They issued the documents immediately. Seibel can fight extradition asking for hearings on the matter. Beaumaster said the process can take anywhere from 60 days to 6 months.
District 5 Rice Co. Commissioner candidate Richard Cook
KYMN has started a series of candidate interviews for state and local offices. Yesterday District 5 Rice County Commissioner candidate Richard Cook was in studio with Jeff Johnson. Cook spent 34 years with the Rice County Sheriff’s department, the last 12 as Sheriff. When asked what skills would be transferrable he said working on budgets as he did as Sheriff. Cook says services have been cut to the bone, in particular social services. He says it’s one of the reasons he’s running. He says web-based data management went a long way in streamlining the Sheriff’s office improving their effectiveness and efficiency. Cook says he’s not retired but refocused and believes he has the time and energy required of the job. He calls himself a creative conservative who believes we need to think outside the box to overcome the economic issues of today. District 5 incumbent Jeff Docken will be in studio on Thursday.
Gehring steps up for Ward 4 seat
In the search for a Ward 4 candidate to fill Councilor Ganey’s seat, Dale Gehring has stepped forward with an application filed yesterday with City Hall.
Council work session includes report from Hospital board
Northfield City council meets tonight for a work session at 7 o’clock. Mayor Rossing invited the Hospital Board to visit with Council on the succession plans for the CEO of the Hospital. Board Chair Gina Franklin is expected to discuss the Board’s position and reaction to the interim recommendations of the Hospital Task Force, and the funding for the City Recreation Program. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
United Way will receive over $4,000
During last Saturday’s blustery weather, folks came out to test drive vehicles for charity. Clancy Dokmo of Dokmo Ford said they had over 200 people test drive a vehicle on Bridge Square. They raised over $4,000 for the local United Way.
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