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Former Stewartville teacher convicted of criminal sexual conduct back in court

Francis Skinness Francis Skinness

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A former Stewartville teacher convicted of criminal sexual conduct was back in court Friday, facing brand new allegations of sexual abuse that happened in 2005 and 2006.

According to Olmsted County deputies, Francis Skinness, 67, is being accused of inappropriately touching one of his students in 2005 and 2006 and will now be facing first, second and third degree criminal sexual conduct charges.

Friday in Olmsted County District Court, Judge Pat Lund released Skinness on his own person recognizance and a $100,000 dollar unconditional bond.

Skinness has been attending a sex offender treatment program since his sentence in 2011. He was sentenced to a year in prison and seven years probation for touching girls in his third-grade class during the 2008-2009 school year.

Judge Lund says he is releasing Skinness because he is currently being strictly supervised and does not pose a threat to the public.

Skinness is expected back in court on July 19th.

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