A message on a school computer has led to the arrest of a teacher for having sexual relations with a 17-year-old Onamia High School student.
Adam Michael Lee, 33, of Milaca, who is a teacher at the Onamia school, was arrested February 7 and booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail. He was charged in Mille Lacs County District Court on February 8 with third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in a position of authority, both felonies. He was released from jail later that day.
The case against Lee began to unfold when an Onamia student informed a school liaison officer about knowledge of possible criminal sexual relations between a fellow student and a school employee, Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren said.
The liaison officer and a county deputy identified a student who left what authorities describe as a disturbing message about the alleged sexual conduct in an online journal and interviewed the journal entry’s author. That led to the identification of the victim, who was subsequently interviewed, Lindgren said.
The victim acknowledged that there had been a relationship between herself and Lee.
A criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court shed more light on the allegations.
The relationship between the student and Lee began in early December and continued for about two months. The teen admitted to investigators that the pair engaged in intercourse on two occasions – the first time over winter break in 2012, and a second time in January, the complaint states.
The teen alleges that both times Lee picked her up at home in his car. They engaged in the sexual activity in the car.
The investigation further uncovered that the girl was Lee’s teacher’s aide. The two also regularly lifted weights together after school. The girl said Lee often gave her a ride home from school, as well, the complaint states.
When investigators confronted Lee and told him about the allegations of a relationship with a student, his face changed, the complaint states. He then asked to speak with an attorney. The conversation stopped and Lee sat with his face in his hands, the complaint states.
Lee requested a public defender but that request was denied by the court. His non cash bond was posted Monday of this week.
Lee will make his initial court appearance at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 19.
If convicted, Lee could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.