Hayfield Principal Accused of Sexual Assaults Arraigned (Update)
Update: Wabasha, MN (KROC-AM News)- Conditional bail was set at $100,000 for the Hayfield High School Principal accused of sexually assaulting three juveniles.
37-year-old Grant Klennert made his first appearance in Wabasha County Court Wednesday morning. He’s charged with three counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal conduct.
Previous Version: Wabasha, MN (KROC-AM News)- The principal of Hayfield High School, accused of sexually assaulting three minors, is now in custody.
Jail records indicate 37-year-old Grant Klennert was booked into the Wabasha County Jail on Tuesday. The Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office filed an arrest warrant Tuesday that charged him with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The charges allege an individual told a Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office investigator in October he was "repeatedly and forcefully" sexually assaulted by Klennert between 1997 and 2003. The victim indicated the alleged assaults occurred almost weekly until February or March 2003 when Klennert would have been 18 years old.
A second and third victim came forward also accusing the Hayfield man of sexual assault. The second alleged victim said she was either 13 or 14 years old when she was sexually assaulted by Klennert at a residence in Wabasha and the third alleged victim provided a recorded statement in which he stated he was seven years old when he was sexually assaulted by Klennert at the same residence.
The sheriff’s office issued the arrest warrant after attempting to contact Klennert twice and not hearing back from him, the warrant says. Authorities cited a concern for public safety as cause for the warrant.
The Hayfield School District Superintendent says Klennert has been placed on paid administrative leave.