No charges filed against sex offender arrested on bus with St. Paul kids

School district promises increased bus security

March 05, 2019 - 5:40 am

A registered sex offender who was arrested on a St. Paul district school bus last week is now free from custody after charges were not filed against him.  

Records show the bus was returning from a kindergarten class field trip from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

It happened last Thursday and Minneapolis police are trying to determine if the man violated any laws.

The children on the bus were returning to Chelsea Heights Elementary School in St. Paul, and administrators say the kids were under supervision of school staff at all times.

Here is a statement on the incident from St. Paul schools:

During a bus ride back to the school from a field trip in Minneapolis on Feb. 28, an unidentified adult was discovered sitting in the back of a school bus returning to Chelsea Heights Elementary. The driver immediately called dispatch to alert police. Students were under direct supervision of school staff at all times. The adult was taken into custody at the school without incident by the Saint Paul Police Department and they are investigating the individual. Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is conducting its own investigation to learn more about what happened and to strengthen our bus safety procedures. SPPS has also informed its school bus contractors about the incident to reinforce our required safety protocols. The school is in regular communication with families affected by this situation.

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The man claims he boarded the wrong bus.

In 2011, the man pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct after sneaking onto a Minneapolis school bus.

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