County Attorney: No charges against coach

No criminal charges will be filed against a Princeton High School basketball coach.

That’s the word from Mille Lacs County District Attorney Jan Jude.

Princeton High School’s head girls basketball coach Aaron Johnson, also a North Elementary School technology education teacher, was placed on paid administrative leave on November 29, 2012, pending the outcome of a school district investigation. He has not taught or coached since late November.

School district officials said in a December statement that a classroom teacher and coach was placed on paid administrative leave. District officials did not name the teacher/coach, but stated that the leave began November 29, pending the outcome of an investigation due to allegations made against him.

Princeton Police Department officials conducted an investigation into the matter and forwarded their findings to the Mille Lacs County District Attorney’s Office.

After reviewing the findings of the investigation, Jude declined to file charges.

The allegations against Johnson didn’t rise to a criminal level, Jude told the Union-Eagle.

But Johnson’s future with the school district remains unclear.

The Princeton Board of Education met in closed session and discussed a “personnel matter regarding allegations” with its attorney for a little over 1 1/2 hours on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Board members left the closed session without any resolution and did not take any action on the personnel matter. The matter is likely to be discussed again at the February 12 school board meeti

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