On Friday, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced its decision to defer charges against an illegal alien for a sexual encounter involving a special needs student on school premises earlier this week.
The illegal alien was released from jail Friday evening, and Immigration and Customs Reinforcement (ICE) took him into custody Saturday.
According to Brooklyn Park authorities, David Manito, 42, has been charged for evading Champlin Park High School security to have sex with a 19-year-old male special needs student in school on Wednesday.
CBS Minnesota reports that the two are believed to have engaged in sexual acts in a school bathroom before other students reported the suspicious behavior.
A Snapchat video taken by a student appears to show 42-year-old David Manito inside a bathroom stall at Champlin Park High School on Wednesday.
Manito attempted to flee the school but was chased down and apprehended by a security guard and school staff until Brooklyn Park police arrived on the scene.
Anoka-Hennepin School District officials told reporters that the student and Manito lied to personnel about why he was visiting the school.
An investigation is underway to determine if the special needs student had the mental capacity to consent to a sexual act in this case.
The charges against Manito for criminal sexual conduct were expected to be filed on Friday, however, prosecutors have requested more time to investigate this “complex and unusual” case. The suspect was reportedly released from custody Friday evening.
Authorities determined the suspect had a Washington state driver’s license and has been living in the U.S. illegally, reports ABC 5.
On Saturday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took the suspect into custody following his release from Hennepin County jail Friday. An ICE official said the agency had placed a detainer on Manito before taking him into custody. He added ICE only places detainers on people it believes are deportable.
ICE has suspect in alleged prearranged sexual encounter at Champlin Park High in custody https://t.co/eyHzkGuR5a
— KSTP (@KSTP) March 11, 2017
During a press conference on Friday, police said the student met Manito through a social media app called Grindr, which is described as a ‘same-sex guys chat, meet and date’ platform. The two had arranged to meet at the school that day.
Administrators at Champlin Park High School say they are in the process of reviewing long-term security measures. They also issued a letter to parents on Thursday stating that school visitors will be escorted to their designated locations in the future.
“We’ll try to maintain our family-friendly feel, however visitors will notice a change moving forward,” the letter said.
— Mary McGuire (@mcguirereports) March 9, 2017
H/T: ABC 5
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