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Ex-Rochester school employee facing additional sex abuse charge

Latest victim came forward after Nicholas Keller was charged with sex abuse in Sept.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017 10:03 AM
Updated: Nov. 21, 2017 7:07 PM

Rochester, Minn. – After news broke that a former school employee of Rochester Public Schools was facing charges of sexual abuse and child porn, another alleged former victim has come forward.
According to court documents, on or about Nov. 1, 2006, through Aug. 31, 2008, Nicholas Keller feloniously engaged in sexual contact with another victim under the age of 13 while he was a staff member at School Aged Child Care in Rochester.
He is being charged with second-degree criminal sex conduct.
The documents state that a Rochester police investigator first talked to the victim on June 7, 2011, but she did not want to talk about the alleged sexual assault or identify the person responsible.
However, on Sept. 25 of this year, the investigator received a voicemail from the victim who said she had seen recent news coverage about Keller, who was charged in September for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under 13 and eight counts of possession of pornographic work. Those allegations stem from alleged incidents from Sept. of 2016 to May of 2017.
When the latest victim came forward, the court documents state “she became very emotional when she saw this because Keller was the individual who sexually assaulted her and she was now ready to talk about it.”
“She said that she called her mom to tell her that the man who had molested her was in the news now for molesting another child.”
The investigator in this case obtained employment records for Keller and noted that he was hired to work in the SACC program in Oct. of 2006 at Hoover Elementary School.
An activity log showed that students attended a movie at Chateau Theater in Rochester in May of 2008, and the victim recalled one incident that matched that timeframe.

Rochester Public Schools released the following statement regarding the case: 
In September, the District was made aware of a pending criminal matter involving a former RPS employee. Today, we are learning that there is another complaint in this same criminal matter. As we stated in September, when the District received a complaint about this employee, we took prompt and appropriate action to secure staff and student safety, and we informed the proper authorities. This person is no longer an employee of RPS. Because this is a criminal matter, law enforcement has been handling the investigation. While it can be frustrating, data privacy laws prohibit the District from releasing many details including the nature of the complaints, the identity of who brought the complaints, or the identity of any individuals who may have been impacted. However, the District takes the matter of safety for our students and our staff very seriously. It is our highest priority. Whenever any complaint is brought to our attention the District will conduct an investigation, and when necessary, the District does report the information to proper authorities.

We know that there is no ongoing risk to any student or employee in this matter.

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