Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Erik Michael Akervik, age 29, a former Burnsville High School teacher who was previously charged* with one count each of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd Degree and Electronic Solicitation of a Child (both felonies) in connection with having sex with a 16-year-old student and sending nude photos of himself to another student, has been arrested for violating his conditions of release.
Akervik made his first appearance on these charges on April 12, 2017 and had bail set in the amount of $100,000 with conditions by Dakota County District Court Judge Timothy McManus. Akervik posted bail following his initial court appearance and was released from the Dakota County jail. One of the conditions of his release was that he have no contact with minors under the age of 18. It came to the attention of the Burnsville Police Department last weekend that on April 26, 2017, Akervik contacted a 15 year old male on Instagram. Akervik asked the male to follow him (Akervik) on Instagram. The 15 year old is known to Akervik through Mount Olivet Church. An arrest warrant was obtained for his violation of this condition of his release and he turned himself into the Dakota County Jail on May 2, 2017.
Akervik will appear in court on this violation of his release conditions on Thursday, May 4th at 9:00 am in Hastings. His next court appearance is set for May 11, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.
A summary of the allegations contained in the criminal complaint filed today is set forth below:
On April 10, 2017 a report was made to a school resource officer at Burnsville High School about sexually inappropriate communications sent by Akervik to a 15-year-old high school student. The student reported that Akervik added him as a friend on several social media apps and websites about a year prior to this report. About three weeks prior, Akervik had been communicating with the student via Snapchat and sent a message that said "I’d like to get to know you closer and better." This online conversation continued for two or three days. During this conversation the student began to receive nude photos from Akervik. The student later acquired a third party phone app that would allow him to save the photos. Police were able to recover a full body naked photo of Akervik from the student’s phone.
During the conversation with the student, Akervik admitted to "taking the virginity of a 15 or 16 year old", and made comments leading to the possible identity of this 15 or 16 year old. Based upon information provided by school officials, police made contact with another Burnsville High School student. That student reported to police that Akervik had invited him over to Akervik’s apartment in Burnsville in December of 2016. While Akervik and the student were watching television, Akervik started kissing the student. Akervik proceeded to engage in a sexual act with this student who was 16-years-old at the time.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, by contacting Monica Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed online at: Inmate Search
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.