Dakota Co. Attorney Investigating School District in Connection to Happel Case

Created: 06/23/2014 12:22 PM KSTP.com

Walter Happel
Walter Happel
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The Dakota County attorney's office is looking into whether St. Paul school district staffers broke the law by not reporting allegations against a custodian now charged with sexual misconduct.
Walter Happel is accused of peering at a student in a bathroom stall at Linwood Monre Arts Plus school in February. The 62-year-old faces eight sets of sexual misconduct charges.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the district investigated in 2012, when a student complained the custodian slapped him on the buttocks. The district concluded it was not child maltreatment and did not contact police. Weeks earlier, though, a police officer had checked on a different complaint against Happel.
The district says it didn't contact police because an internal investigation did not deem the alleged 2012 incident to be abuse.

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