A Rogers, Minnesota-based teacher has been arrested under suspicion of felony sexual assault, according to a breaking news article posted by the Crow River News Tuesday, July 28.
Donald Henderson, 47, was arrested after a 16-year-old girl reported a sexual assault as she sought treatment at Park Nicollet Hospital in St. Louis Park.
According to a police report, Rogers Police arrested Henderson after the victim said a teacher from her high school, who had “befriended her,” invited her to his home in Rogers to spend the night with him and his children. Henderson, who does not teach in Rogers, or the Elk River School District, woke the girl, according to her testimony to an officer, as he sexually assaulted her.
The girl asked for assistance from a nurse at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park on Thursday, July 23. The nurse conducted a Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS), and the nurse completed an exam of the victim at the hospital. Later, several items of clothing as well as the SARS kit were taken as evidence.
Rogers officers obtained a search warrant and went to the Henderson’ home, in Rogers, July 24, where numerous items were taken as evidence. Rogers Police arrested Henderson and the teacher was charged in Hennepin County District Court with felony sexual assault.
Henderson’s employer has not commented on the arrest at this time.
It’s the second incident with a teacher or coach assaulting a student or athlete in the northwest metro in less than a month. A Champlin Park High soccer coach, who also worked as a coach in Maple Grove, was arrested two weeks ago for her encounter with a 13-year-old boy.
This is a developing story, and North Wright County Today will have more information as it unfolds.