Charged Against Chaska Teacher Dropped 03 Aug 11

A disorderly conduct charge against a Chaska Middle School East teacher has been dropped.

John Saindon, a Victoria resident who has taught in District 112 for 18 years, was accused in May of grabbing a sixth-grader’s arm at the school after the student misbehaved in gym class. The student “sustained a reddish bruise/mark” on his arm as a result, according to the original complaint.

He was charged by citation on May 26 but Assistant Carver County Attorney Peter Ivy decided last month not to issue a formal complaint. Ivy told Saindon’s attorney the police had probable cause to issue the citation, but the facts and context would not likely lead to a conviction before a jury.

The incident is still being investigated by District 112 and the Minnesota Department of Education.