Former Wisconsin teacher accused of sex with students at Stillwater home

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Matthew R. Koenen
Washington County prosecutors have accused a former western Wisconsin high school teacher of acting as a confidant for two 16-year-old students then luring them for sex into his Stillwater home.

Matthew R. Koenen, 36, taught history at Grantsburg High School until he was forced to resign last May after admitting to exchanging text messages "of a personal nature" with one of the girls, according to police.

The criminal complaint alleges that Koenen developed a relationship with these girls in person and kept up conversations outside of school through two cell phones and three email accounts -- hidden, of course, from his wife.

SEE ALSO: Flute teacher accused of molesting teen student posted creepy Facebook status

We called Koenen's house to try to get his take on the charges. Someone picked up but apparently fumbled with the landline for several seconds. During that brief window, a woman was heard on the other end asking why reporters -- in the era of caller ID -- would expect anyone to pick up the phone.

Here's why:

The Strib notes that Koenen "had coached students at Grantsburg High School who were members of a National History Day group that traveled to Washington, D.C.," including one of the victims.

Koenen allegedly had sex with her three to four times before she ended the relationship in winter 2012. He maintained a sexual relationship with another student from May 2012 until May 2013, the complaint says.

Both girls were able to describe for investigators the interior of Koenen's home and the location of his condoms, the complaint says.

Stillwater police began investigating in June and executed a search warrant of his home in July that netted several laptops and cell phones, among other items.

Police believe at least two other girls have visited Koenen's home while his wife was away, but have not released any more details.

Koenan has been charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and faces maximum penalties of 15 years and/or $30,000.

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TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

And once again the morality police of City Pages have enlightened the world with their brilliance. #TweetsAreYours

skibrs
skibrs

I hope he gets the maximum prison sentence

Ginger Riffel
Ginger Riffel

Jason Gabbert, you are one sick SOB. Snared him? seriously?

Dan Lemke
Dan Lemke

Just 15 years? Castrate the SOB

stilebydesign
stilebydesign

Jason Gabbert  In most situations such as this one, it is a predator case there were multiple accounts of this happening and at least four that they know of that is more than likely proven. Not to count him cheating on his wife with children and having kids of his own. He is meant to be play a role in their lives as a guardian role model not a sexual male figure. I'm not here to enlighten you on sexual assault/abuse to a young girl who trusts her superiors but these cases can actually really mess up a woman for life. Its his responsibility as a teacher of all people to never even have these tendencies.  I hope you don't or will never have a daughter or are responsible ...seriously. Really Sad!

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

You make me sad, you dint get it and you spout surface level bullshit. Look deeper and try to understand. It'd be better for all of us. I'm not about to try to change your views but would ask you to simply show a bit more compassion toward young minds that don't need "developing" by old men who know better.

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

Too bad being an adult doesn't automatically make one capable of making good decisions. I know plenty of teens who make way better decisions than their adult counterparts. Unless these girls were retarded or he drugged them, it's safe to assume they were in full control of their legs and knew exactly what they wanted and what they were doing. Was it a less-than-stellar decision on their part? Sure, but only because of the guy's age. If these girls were screwing some 19-year-old douchebag they met at the movie theater, nobody would say boo. Just because the guy's older than them doesn't make it any worse than any other unacceptable guy they choose to screw. I'm sure they'll make plenty of those kind of mistakes in their lives.

Kevin Hurley
Kevin Hurley

Lynn couldn't your words be utilized on the other side of the equation?

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

We always have the power to fight unjust laws. It's our responsibility to never accept status quo when we know it's not right...IMHO

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

I agree. unfortunately the legal system does not. My point is, its legal in MN at 16 so even tho we feel its messed up we have to accept that if a 16 yr old girl wants to make such an adult decision its allowed.

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

Agreed. But you were far better prepared to fend of any potential predator because of your upbringing, values instilled and an intact self worth. Something many young girls don't have the good fortune to know sadly.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

But u cannot say because someone is brought up a certain way their actions are justified.....

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

No need to get personal. I have a masters degree so I'm fairly certain I'm literate. These girls may not have had the good fortune to have the kind of family you have had and are easy targets...all the more reason for society to watch over them.

Kevin Hurley
Kevin Hurley

At 16 I knew better than to have relations with people not up to my standards of beauty thank you very much...

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

And for your information at 16 I was well behaved, close with my family and I knew better then to have relations with an adult man!

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Like I said Lynn Quijada in case you can't read.... I do believe its wrong. However, if the deed is done they both need to be held responsible for it the adult more so obviously. unfortunately the age of consent in MN is 16 not 18 like WI.

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

16 is still a kid! Do you remember being 16 and thinking you knew it all?! And now....

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

Wow Angela. Good luck to you and your 16 year old to be. I wish you luck. This kind of thinking is what perpetuates this predatory behavior.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

But I do believe he is more liable then the teenager but I don't think it should all fall on him

CITYRIDERRT19
CITYRIDERRT19

Typical cheating husband.  Inferiority complex in being able to manipulate young girls to sleep with him instead of cheating with someone his own age.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

If a 16 yr old wants to walk, talk, act and be treated like an adult...... Then they should also be responsible for the stupid decisions they make! A 16 yr old is more then capable of knowing banging your teacher is wrong! if not then their parents have failed them.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

A curiosity to see what kind of person condones sex with students if the student is "hot".

Courtney Paul
Courtney Paul

Jason Gabbert perhaps you should personally contact the Stillwater police, inform them they do not know the law, and that they should not be charging your buddy.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

I don't think I can be anymore clear: parents should keep their children away from you, as you condone sex with hot 16-year-olds!

Gerald_McHerald
Gerald_McHerald

I agree with Shelly Shikany. These instances aren't rare. People who are shocked by all these older person/teen relationships must live in a whole in the ground. I'm 29 now. But back when I was a teen in junior high and high school in Burnsville, we had some skanky behavior. I remember being 14 yrs old and walking home with this 15 yr. old girl I liked. She liked to tease me and act sexual because she knew I was a nerd. She told me about her 17 yr. old boyfriend and how they tried anal sex. During the walk home, she pulled down her pants, showed me her crack, and said, "I can guarantee you this crack is twice as big as it was before we tried anal sex." 

I've got many sex stories from when I was a teen. Sorry for all the easily offended folks but kids in real life aren't like the ones in Leave it to Beaver.

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

Guess so. And you're implying what by your comments?

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

Wow. Really?! At 16 you are able to make rational decisions and incapable of being persuaded and manipulated by a man much older? Hot or not? Sheesh you're disgusting I truly hope none of you fools who believe girls (yes GIRLS, not women) have the capacity to make thoughtful and correct decisions when approached by a horny old man never breed. Or if you have I only hope you never put your ugly misguided thoughts into your children's heads.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

maybe we should start asking the parents some questions

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

so can 16 year old boys fuck them all they want?

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

I am still wondering why oscar was trying to look your info up..... Is that normal

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

No studying involved. These stories are common and inevitably people simply do not understand age of consent laws. Many people don't understand it is 16, not 18, in most states. Are you suggesting that by being educated about a law it implies I fuck teen girls? I'm well aware that snapping your neck is a crime and therefore I will not be doing that either, appropriate as it may be.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

Must've been some other guy with the same name in your hometown.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

I thought everyone knew the age of consent.

Benjamin Gray
Benjamin Gray

I'm wondering why he's so studied on the age of consent.

Courtney Paul
Courtney Paul

I think I saw Jason Gabbert on an episode of To Catch a Predator...

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

No. Huge difference. That wasn't sex, it was pedophilia. It's disgusting.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

Looks like Jason Gabbert owns Lakeside Sports in Wood Lake. Parents, you MIGHT not want to take your "6-foot hot blonde captain of the volleyball team" there.

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

I knew a girl in high school who got involved with a teacher. She was 16, he was 26. People knew but no scandal erupted. He transferred the following year and they kept seeing each other. Got married a year after she graduated and just celebrated their 25th anniversary. Great people with great kids. Point being. This isn't anyways a predator issue. Sometimes it's just people being people.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

I see you commented on the city pages story about the flute teacher who molested the little boy. Would you tip your cap to that sex criminal too if you saw that the little boy was hot?

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

Honestly, does it really matter if a girl does a douchebag her own age or one who is older? It's still just sex and obviously people are enjoying it.

Benjamin Gray
Benjamin Gray

Are you saying he should only be punished if they're ugly?

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

16 is the age of consent. A 16 year old can do a 70 year old if she wants to. They only snared this guy by using the person of authority exemption in the law. If he'd have been the girls' neighbor instead of a teacher, this story doesn't exist.

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

Aren't you curious who they are and look like?

Shelly Shikany
Shelly Shikany

Sorry to say, these situations aren't rare. Most never become publicized. Ask any teacher on the high school level and they'll tell you it goes on. i don't condone his actions, but I also don't condone these accusers who willingly had sex, then when someone found out, turned on the guy and claimed they are some sort of victims. Teenaged girls are full of desire; rarely are they victims even if the man is older. They were willing participants. The guy is a dummy, but he's hardly the predator people are making him out to be. It takes two to do the deed.

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