July 18, 2018 05:30 PM
A janitor at a St. Paul school faces charges after allegedly leaving notes in a 10-year-old girl's desk offering to pay her for her underwear.
Twenty-three-year-old Oscar Herrera, a janitor at Wellstone Elementary, is charged with two counts of felony stalking.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to Wellstone April 17 to investigate notes that had been left in the 10-year-old's desk.
The first note was left on April 11 and read, "I want ur undies Ill pay u (sic)," according to the complaint. The teacher took a picture of the note and threw it away.
On April 17, a pair of girl's underwear was left in the 10-year-old's desk with a note that read "try them on." Again, the teacher photographed and discarded it.
Police recovered paper from the girl's desk from which they believed the written notes were torn.
Video from April 17 shows Herrera entering the girl's classroom with no cleaning supplies.
Staff contacted the school district about putting a camera in the girl's classroom, but the district declined.
On May 23, the girl found another note in her desk that read "$5 for your undies." Two weeks later, officers asked staff members with regular access to the girl's classroom, including Herrera, to provide fingerprints. Herrera declined and asked to speak to his supervisor.
On June 29, a search warrant for Herrera's fingerprints, DNA and handwriting samples was executed.
A handwriting expert compared Herrera's samples to the notes found in the girl's desk
"The evidence contained in the handwriting points rather strongly toward the questioned and known writings having been written by the same individual? however, it falls short of the ‘virtually certain’ degree of confidence," the expert said.
Police found Herrera's fingerprints on paper recovered from the girl's desk, as well as the note that offered to pay the girl for her underwear.
If convicted, Herrera faces up to 10 years in prison for each stalking charge.
Updated: July 18, 2018 05:30 PM
Created: July 18, 2018 04:44 PM
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