Blaine, Minnesota Elementary Teacher Accused of Sexual Assault

March 9, 2016 Updated: March 9, 2016

ANOKA, Minn. — A teacher at a Blaine elementary school is charged with sexually abusing a student.

Fifty-two-year-old Kenneth Sonnenfeld was charged Wednesday with a felony count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Anoka County sheriff’s authorities say a 10-year-old girl reported Sonnenfeld had inappropriately touched her during a class.

According to court records, the girl said the alleged abuse happened from around December 2014 through the spring of 2015, when she was 9. The child said Sonnenfeld would touch her while she was standing next to him at his desk.

Sonnenfeld was arrested Tuesday. He remains jailed, with his first court appearance scheduled Thursday. Court records do not list a defense attorney who could comment.

Sonnenfeld taught fourth grade at Johnson Elementary School. The Anoka-Hennepin School District says he is on administrative leave.