WALKER -- A former Pine River teacher accused of hugging and kissing a 13-year-old student pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cass County District Court to gross misdemeanor child endangerment. He will be sentenced Nov. 15.
Steven Ray Jankowski, 29, Walker, gave the girl a ride home from school on several occasions, once taking an alternate route and stopped to hug and kiss her in his vehicle, according to the court complaint filed against him. The complaint also alleged he told the girl to tell her parents she was going to spend the night at someone else's home, then took her to his house, where he hugged and kissed her.
Jankowski was a probationary science teacher during the two years he taught at Pine River-Backus School. The school board placed him on administrative leave without pay in March and did not renew his contract at the end of the school year, according to Superintendent James Madsen.
Cass County Court
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Michael Warren Rice, 26, Walker, was ordered to serve an additional 60 days jail for violating probation he is serving for felony second-degree burglary.
Alan Douglas Nelson, 32, Hackensack, was ordered to serve an additional 30 days jail for violating probation he is serving for felony escape from custody.
David Kenneth Morlan, 30, Remer, was sentenced for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime (possession) to 60 days jail, fined $1,000 or equivalent sentence to serve and placed on five years supervised probation.
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