Former teacher charged with criminal sexual conduct

January 16, 2019 10:13 PM

A Maple Grove man faces multiple charges after authorities say he sexually assaulted a child and produced pornographic videos of the assaults, according to court records.

A criminal complaint states Daniel Rolyn Laskowski faces one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of use of minors in sexual performance/pornographic work.

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According to the criminal complaint, a report was made to the Maple Grove Police Department by a 16-year-old boy who said he had been assaulted by his former middle school teacher and football coach, later identified as Laskowski. 

The victim told police he had a close relationship with Laskowski and considered him a father figure. 

The complaint says the victim told police that Laskowski reached out to him on SnapChat and that the two spent time together at Laskowski's home.

According to the complaint, Laskowski told the boy the two could make $250,000 if they recorded a pornographic video together. The complaint said Laskowski assaulted the boy and filmed it on his cell phone. The boy was 15 at the time of that assault.

Later, Laskowski said the video was rejected by his "contacts" and that they would need to make a second video. The complaint said Laskowski again assaulted the boy and filmed the encounter. It happened "sometime after the victim's 16th birthday".

Laskowski later told the boy the video was rejected by his "contacts" and they would not be paid, according to the complaint.

The complaint said Laskowski later reached out the boy and suggested they make another video. The child and his mother then contacted law enforcement. 

"I would hope it's an isolated case," said Captain Adam Lindquist of the Maple Grove Police Department. "It's our job to find out (if) there (are) other victims. And if so, how many?"

He said they are analyzing Laskowski's electronics, including cell phones, computers and iPads.

"We don't have any evidence right now that the videos were sent, but the forensic evidence hopefully will shed more light on that," he said.

The criminal complaint also states the boy had "a close personal relationship" with Laskowski in 2017 and remained in contact until his mother discovered he had been drinking alcohol at Laskowski's house.

Lindsey Bennett, the director of human resources for Columbia Heights Public Schools, said Laskowski was employed as a social studies teacher and coach with the district from August, 2012 to November, 2017.

Bennett would not comment on the criminal complaint. She said there are "no pending complaints against him and there was no final disciplinary action."  

According to state documents, Laskowski's license was revoked by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board in 2018. 

Those documents state Columbia Heights Public Schools investigated Laskowski for an allegation he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.

It goes on to say he "resigned his teaching position in November 17, 2017 during the pendency of the school's investigation."

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