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Actor, former Shattuck teacher charged with 17 counts of sex crimes, P.1

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A Hollywood actor, who has appeared on "The Big Bang Theory" and had a role in "D3: The Mighty Ducks," has been charged with 17 counts of criminal sexual conduct in Minnesota. Authorities with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension say that an investigation is ongoing, and further charges could be added to the current Minnesota sex crime charges.

The 70-year-old actor lived and worked in Minnesota between 1992 and 2003. During that time, authorities say that the man taught drama at Shattuck-St. Mary's, a prep school in Faribault, Minnesota. Prior to his departure from the prep school, authorities claim that a school administrator found child pornography on the actor's computer.

An investigator with the BCA says that the child porn allegations had not been reported to law enforcement in 2003. However, the current criminal complaint includes one count of possession of child pornography. The school denies any knowledge of the alleged sexual assaults.

Authorities say that they opened an investigation in June when a person told an Olmsted Community Corrections employee of an alleged sexual assault at Shattuck in 2001.

The current charges involve allegations that the drama teacher lived on campus at the prep school as a "dorm parent," supervising students. Authorities say the actor had access to students, and engaged in sex offenses in the dorm and in classrooms at the Faribault school. The current 17 counts of criminal sexual conduct relate to six students at the school.

In the next entry, this blog will discuss the current charges in more detail.

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