March 05, 2019 08:58 AM
St. Paul police say a registered sex offender was arrested last Thursday after he was found sitting in a seat on a school bus outside Chelsea Heights Elementary School.
Department spokesperson Steve Linders said officers were called to the location on the 1500 block of Huron Street at about 1:15 p.m. after getting a report of an unauthorized man in a school bus.
The bus was parked in front of the school, and on-board, officers found Michael Charles Friedrichs, 61. He allegedly told officers he had been at the Walker Art Center and had gotten on the wrong bus.
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A statement from St. Paul Public Schools said the man had been discovered sitting in the back of the bus as it returned to the school from a field trip.
After discovering Friedrichs was a registered sex offender, officers arrested him for registration violation. However, the department's Sex Crimes Unit determined any registration violation would have to be handled by Minneapolis Police, and contact was made with an investigator in that department.
St. Paul Public Schools spokesperson Kevin Burns released a statement on the matter Monday:
"During a bus ride back to the school from a field trip in Minneapolis on Feb. 28, an unidentified adult was discovered sitting in the back of a school bus returning to Chelsea Heights Elementary," it read.
"The driver immediately called dispatch to alert police. Students were under direct supervision of school staff at all times.
"The adult was taken into custody at the school without incident by the Saint Paul Police Department and they are investigating the individual.
"Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is conducting its own investigation to learn more about what happened and to strengthen our bus safety procedures. SPPS has also informed its school bus contractors about the incident to reinforce our required safety protocols.
"The school is in regular communication with families affected by this situation."
Updated: March 05, 2019 08:58 AM
Created: March 04, 2019 04:40 PM
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