Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Cody Woodrow Hansen, age 25 of Hastings, was charged* late today by summons with two counts of Stalking (Victim Under 18 - More Than 36 Months Older) in connection with numerous messages he sent to a 12-year-old female student via Snapchat from November of 2015 to early January of 2016. At the time these messages were sent, Hansen was a teacher at an Eagan middle school and the student he messaged was in one of his classes. Hansen has resigned from his position as a teacher with the District.
The allegations contained in the complaint reflect that a 12-year-old female student saved several screen shots of some of the conversations between her and Hansen and reported them to Eagan police. The student described the history of the electronic messages she received from Hansen from early November of 2015 to January of 2016. Hansen used various usernames when contacting the student. Three of the four usernames he used were consistent with Hansen’s first name spelled backward. These exchanges occurred during the course of the school day as well as during the holiday break. In one of the messages, Hansen told the student he thought she was cute. In another he asked her if she had ever kissed anyone and if she liked older men. As the student tried to determine who was sending these messages, Hansen admitted he could get into trouble for talking to the student and stated, “This is Mr. H”. During one exchange the student told Hansen that what he was doing was illegal and extremely weird. The student reported to the police officer that she felt creepy and unsafe to be in Hansen’s classroom.
In an interview with police, Hansen admitted that he sent the messages to the student. Hansen also admitted that he found the student’s Snapchat username from her Instagram account and used four separate usernames to message with her. Hansen stated that he had stopped communication with the student and “hoped this would all go away.”
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search
Backstrom commented: “Criminal activity of this nature is a breach of trust of students and is a violation of the law and school policy. This behavior ultimately hurts both the student and the student’s parents who have placed their trust in school staff.”
Backstrom thanked the Eagan Police Department for their quick and thorough investigation into this case.
Hansen was charged by summons and his first court appearance has not yet been set. If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.