No Charges for Rogers Student Who Sent Sarcastic Tweet After Rumor

Updated: 02/22/2014 7:45 AM
Created: 02/21/2014 5:00 PM
By: Megan Stewart

The 17-year-old boy who sent a joking tweet in response to a rumor he had inappropriate relations with a teacher will not be charged, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Rogers High School senior Reid Sagehorn was suspended after sending a sarcastic response to an allegation he had made out with a female gym teacher at his school. Sagehorn has been suspended until late April for the tweet.

Sagehorn and the teacher both have told police nothing actually happened. Police began working on the case Jan. 19 and have since confirmed Sagehorn and the teacher did not engage in a sexual relationship.

Rogers police sent the case to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for potential criminal defamation charges.

Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said Sagehorn's response to the rumor would not have warranted felony-level charges, but it did present police with a felony-level situation if a relationship had occurred between Sagehorn and the teacher.

Ron Rosenbaum, Sagehorn's attorney, said he is "absolutely not surprised" there are no charges filed against Sagehorn.

Rosenbaum and well-known criminal defense attorney, Joe Friedberg, are both representing Sagehorn. The pair is expected to address the Elk River school board at a meeting Monday night that is open to public comment.

Reid Sagehorn will not be charged criminally after allegedly sending a sarcastic tweet in response to a rumor he made out with a teacher.
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