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Austin school custodian charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor

Gordon Thomas Gunter Gordon Thomas Gunter
Gordon Thomas Gunter Gordon Thomas Gunter

AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- An employee of Austin Public Schools has been arrested on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  

On Friday, school officials issued a statement to parents.

According to Austin Public Schools, none of the allegations happened on school grounds.

Gordon Thomas Gunter, 57, pleaded not guilty Thursday to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Gunter is a custodian at the I.J. Holton Intermediate School in Austin and has been working in the public school system for the past 12 to 13 years.

The school administration has placed him on unpaid administrative leave.

Friday's note home to parents was a chance for the school to get out in front of the situation before they heard it through the media.

"At this point we're just making sure that parents know that nothing has occurred at the school," said Mark Stotts, Director of Finance and Operations for Austin Public Schools.  "We have policies and procedures in place to make sure that school is a real safe environment for kids, and you know we are kind of taking it from there."

Gunter is being held on $250,000 bail.

Austin Public Schools is starting its own investigation into the incident and is working closely with local authorities.

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