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North Dakota Teacher of the Year accused of sexual relationship with student

WEST FARGO, N.D. – Felony charges filed Friday accuse a West Fargo, N.D., English teacher, the 2014 North Dakota Teacher of the Year, of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student in 2009.  

Aaron Knodel, 35, a West Fargo High School English teacher and coach, was charged with five felony counts of corruption or solicitation of a minor stemming from an alleged sexual relationship with a student between December 2008 and March 2009, when the student was 17 and Knodel was 29.

Knodel is accused of engaging in sexual acts with the student in his classroom, at his home and in her car, according to a report filed with the charges in Cass County District Court.

The teacher has been on paid administrative leave since February pending a criminal investigation.

West Fargo Schools Superintendent David Flowers said in a news conference Friday that the school board will consider a recommendation Monday to suspend Knodel without pay until the criminal case is resolved.

Contacted last week, Knodel said he had no comment.

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