Case against accused former Grantsburg teacher moves ahead
Matthew Koenen faces dual felony charges in Stillwater
Greg Marsten | Staff writer
STILLWATER – Accused former Grantsburg high school history teacher Matthew R. Koenen, 36, Stillwater, Minn., made his initial court appearance on Dec. 19 in Washington County Court before Judge John R. McBride, addressing two felony charges that he had sexual relations with several female students while he was their high school teacher in Wisconsin.
Koenen is being charged with two felony counts of third-degree sexual conduct in Minnesota because the alleged assaults occurred at his Stillwater home in Washington County.
He is facing up to 15 years in prison and up to or including a $30,000 fine on each count. He appeared with his attorney Tina Appleby for the Rule 8 Hearing, essentially an initial appearance, where he waived formal reading of the charges and penalties.
The charges stem from an investigation into Koenen's behavior with several female students, reportedly as young as 16 years old, with whom he developed close, often romantic relationships with, including communications with the students on a series of series of cell phones that Koenen hid from his spouse and others. The communications are believed to have occurred over several months in 2012, and resulted in his being released as a teacher last year. His felony charges stem from several incidents of alleged sexual relations with each of the girls at his Stillwater home.
Koenen is scheduled to next appear before a judge on March 19, 2014, for an omnibus hearing, where pre-trial plans will be set or he may make a plea or address any deals, prior to a trial. His trial date has tentatively been set for June 2, 2014.
He remains free on a $200,000 cash bond, with several conditions, including no contact with juvenile females age 13-to-18 years old, or at high schools, as well as specific DANCO (Domestic Abuse No Contact Orders) with several females in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.