When Fairbault detectives began looking into whether Lynn Seibel sexually assaulted boys at Shattuck-St. Mary's, they traveled across the country looking for potential victims. Their work resulted in criminal charges in two states, and could spark another investigation here in Minnesota.
Gregg Meyers, an attorney with Jeff Anderson and Associates, says his firm now represents a man from Minnesota who says he was sexually abused by another teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary's when he was a freshman in the early 1980s.
Meyers says the man was 15 years old when the teacher touched him inappropriately on two separate occasions, but when the teacher tried to touch a third time, he rejected his advances.
The man says the teacher also showed him pictures of other boys at the school who he said were "special" like him. The man took that to mean they had been abused as well. The man says the teacher left the school after that year without explanation.
Fairbault Police say they've talked to the ma, too, and are deciding whether to open an investigation into his allegation; however, since the alleged incident happened over 30 years ago, they don't know if the teacher could still be charged with a crime.
"Statutes have changed in the last 32 years, so we'll have to examine what statutes are in effect," said Fairbault Police Captain Neal Pederson. "In general crime, the clock starts when the crime occurs. In criminal sexual conduct, it's when it's reported to law enforcement."
Meyers says the man didn't confide in anyone when the abuse originally happened, but did tell the school's headmaster about it when he returned to Shattuck-St. Mary's in the 1990s for volunteer training. The man claims the school never reported it to police.
Meyers says the man considered coming forward when the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke at Penn State, but it wasn't until the Seibel case broke that he decided to tell police that the problem at Shattuck-St. Mary's may be bigger than originally thought.
The school says it didn't know about the case from the 1980s, but is encouraging anyone with information to these matters to come forward.