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Former Minn. Teacher Charged with Sex Crimes Involving Students

Posted at: 10/08/2012 12:20 PM
Updated at: 10/09/2012 4:35 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

A former teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault faces 17 sexual misconduct, child pornography charges related to incidents involving students at the school.

According to the Department of Public Safety, 70-year-old Lynn Phillip Seibel is charged with two counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct, one count of using a minor in sexual performance/pornography and 12 counts of 4th degree criminal sexual conduct.

He also faces one count of possession of child pornography.

Seibel stopped teaching at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 2003. The alleged crimes happened over a seven year period.

Seibel taught drama at the prestigious private school. He lived at the school while he taught there. Most recently, he's been acting in Hollywood.

A man recently reported to an Olmsted Community Corrections employee that he had been assaulted by Seibel in 2001, while he was a student at the school.  

He later said he saw Seibel in an episode of the CBS show 'The Big Bang Theory.'

The report started an investigation, which involved police departments in six states.

In an e-mailed statement the school says it investigated one report of allegations of sexual misconduct against Seibel in 2001, and reported it to the Rice County Department of Social Services and to Faribault Police, and that neither department "acted on those disclosures."

Siebel is now accused of sex crimes with six victims, who were all under the age of 18 at the time.  

Alleged victims told police that Seibel would meet with teen boys in a dorm room. Investigators say Seibel admitted to touching the students. The criminal complaint says victims were asked to masturbate in front of Seibel, and that he would measure the length of their penises with a ruler.

One victim told officers the Jerry Sandusky case reminded him of Seibel.

According to the criminal complaint, Seibel resigned from the school after he was confronted by the headmaster regarding pornography on his school issued computer in 2003.

Child pornography was found in a forensic search of the computer, but the school said it did not believe at the time that the pornographic material on the computer warranted a call to police.

The material from the 2003 forensic evaluation was packaged as evidence and is being held at the BCA.

KSTP confirmed that high profile law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates has been contacted by people involved in the case, and that those conversations started before the charges dropped Monday against Lynn Seibel. Anderson and Associates has made a name for itself around the country specializing in child sex abuse cases.

In an interview Monday evening, Attorney Gregg Meyers told Chris Egert he understands why one allegation against Seibel in 2001 may not have been the smoking gun necessary to bring charges at the time.  

"If you are the prosecutor it is very hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt where someone says it happened, and someone says it didn't happen," Myers said.

But what Meyers can't understand is that why in 2003, when the school discovered 14,000 pornographic images on Siebel's computer, it didn't take that information to police, "It is hard to understand what was stopping them from making that report."

Meyers also believes more victims will likely come forward.

Seibel is currently in jail in Los Angeles, Calif. on charges unrelated to this investigation.

Click here to read a statement from the school.

Warning: Criminal Complaint may contain graphic and disturbing details. Click here to read the criminal complaint.