Former Woodbury bus aide accused of inappropriate touching charged in connection to death of his wife

Harvey Theodore Kneifl, 70, faces six counts of criminal sexual conduct against six girls ages 3-5. Photo: Woodbury Police Department
Harvey Theodore Kneifl, 70, faces six counts of criminal sexual conduct against six girls ages 3-5.

February 01, 2019 03:15 PM

A former Woodbury bus aide accused of inappropriately touching preschool girls was charged Friday in connection to the death of his wife, according to court records. 

A criminal complaint states Harvey Kneifl faces one count of second-degree murder. 

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The complaint said Kneifl was expected in court Thursday morning for a verdict in a criminal trial. He did not appear in court as scheduled, leading police officers to conduct a welfare check at his apartment on the 75000 block of Bailey Road in Woodbury. 

According to the complaint, when officers arrived, they knocked on his door. After no one answered, a nurse at the apartment facility helped officers inside.


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The complaint said when officers were inside, they located Kneifl in a bathroom with a wound to his neck. Kneifl told the officers they would find his wife deceased in the apartment's second bathroom. 

Investigators spoke with Kneifl at a hospital, where Kneifl told them his wife had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He went on to tell the officers he thought she was in heaven and that he helped her get there.

Kneifl then told officers that he cut his wife's throat and placed her in the bathtub. He said he then cut his own neck and laid down in the shower, where he was then woken up by police officers. 

In November, Kneifl pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Allegations were made against Kneifl in February of 2017 when parents of a pre-school student within the South Washington County School District told police their daughter told them she had been inappropriately touched on her way to school.

Authorities learned Kneifl was a substitute driver on a bus that transported children between the ages of 3 and 5 to schools in South Washington County.

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