Onamia teacher accused of having sex
by Leslie Toth
reprinted from the Mille Lacs County Times
February 14, 2013
An Onamia Elementary School teacher has been arrested and awaits third and
fourth degree criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from an accusation of
sexual contact with a 17-year-old student.
Adam Michael Lee, 33, of Milaca, was arrested last week after the school’s
liaison officer was notified of a journal entry made on a school computer
that described a sexual relationship between a student and teacher.
A minor female was questioned about the journal entry and told investigators
she and Lee had sexual intercourse during winter break and again in January.
The girl told police both times Lee had picked her up at her home and had
sex with her in his car.
When questioned by police, Lee asked to speak to an attorney.
John Varner, Onamia Superintendent, issued a press release concerning the
charges Friday, Feb. 8.
“In light of the recent charges filed by the Mille Lacs County Attorney’s
Office, Onamia Public Schools has placed Adam Lee on paid administrative
leave pending the outcome of the investigation,” the release stated. “The
district’s employees are deeply concerned for the privacy and comfort of the
alleged victim and the alleged victim’s family at this difficult time.”
The charges carry additional punishments as Lee was in a position of
authority over the student. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in jail
and up to $50,000 in fines.