Former Minn. music teacher pleads guilty to having sex with teen student

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BURNSVILLE, Minn-- A former Burnsville High School music teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a teenage student.

Erik Michael Akervik, 30, pleaded guilty Monday in Dakota County District Court to one count of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct. A second third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge involving the same victim was dismissed.

Judge Erica MacDonald ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for June 14.

Akervik also faces a felony electronic solicitation of a child charge for allegedly sending nude photos of himself to another male student. A jury trial is scheduled for July.

Charges filed in April allege that Akervik had intercourse with a 16-year-old boy in his apartment in August 2016. The boy was a student at Burnsville High School.

In the other case, charges accuse Akervik of beginning sexually inappropriate communications with a 15-year-old student in late March 2017.

During this conversation, which lasted two or three days, the student received nude photos from Akervik.

Akervik had been employed by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district since August 2013, working as a high school music teacher the entire time.

Around 2011, Akervik began work directing a choir for middle-school boys at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and played piano for its high school choir.

He was put on leave from both jobs after the allegations surfaced.

He was released on bail after his first appearance in court, with the stipulation that he could not have contact with anyone under the age of 18.

He was arrested May 2 for violating the conditions of his release after police say he sent an April 26 message to a 15-year-old boy on Instagram, asking the boy to follow him on the social media network. The boy whom Akervik contacted was known to him through Mount Olivet.

Akervik, who grew up in Duluth, received a degree in vocal music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 2010.