Hennepin County Attorney Defers Charges In High School Sex Case

Lauren Perry
March 21, 2017

Hennepin County prosecutors on Friday deferred charges against an undocumented 42-year-old man who allegedly evaded Champlin Park High School security to have sex with a 19-year-old special-needs student in the school. A detainer is a request that ICE be notified of a suspect's release so that they can question the person about suspected immigration violations.

A handgun and two rifles were seized by police Wednesday, March 8, after reports were made that a Dixon High School student was armed with a gun. An Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official said the agency placed a detainer on Manito following his arrest.

"What's really concerning is that, had I not followed him along and asked him why he was here he would have just left the building", Shirola said.

The department also says that at this time, there's no evidence that suggest the student planned to harm anyone at the school.

Brooklyn Park police learned the man was undocumented while he was initially booked in jail, Deputy Chief Mark Bruley said.

Brooklyn Park Police Chief Craig Enevoldsen says they believe Manito travels throughout the country.

Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools communications specialist Jim Skelly says the suspect entered the school through the front door, then used "deception" to avoid being caught.

Wesley Shirola, a Champlin senior, was among the students who reported the suspect to police. Police will investigate the case next week, Bruley said.

DHS Administration and Dixon Police began to investigate and realized the student was no longer on campus.

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