Former Shattuck teacher facing criminal charges subbed at St. Paul school

Minnesota Public Radio

by Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio
November 26, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Joseph Machlitt, who faces criminal charges for allegedly sexually abusing a boy in 1980 at a Faribault boarding school, recently worked as a substitute teacher at a private school in St. Paul.

St. Paul Academy and Summit School, which employed Machlitt as a substitute teacher, notified parents, faculty, staff and trustees about the charges via email on Friday.

“At the time of his employment, we were unaware of any prior complaints involving Mr. Machlitt and we are unaware of any complaints about his conduct during his brief time at SPA,” Head of School Bryn Roberts wrote in his email. “Mr. Machlitt, who will never work again at SPA, filled in for absent teachers principally in the Upper and Middle Schools and on one occasion in the Lower School.”

Machlitt was charged Wednesday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old student at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault in 1980. Machlitt, who is 63, was a teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School at the time of the alleged crime. According to the criminal complaint, Machlitt admitted to investigators in October 2012 that he had a “sexual relationship” with the boy.

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