Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Erik Michael Akervik, age 30 of Burnsville, was sentenced today by Judge Arlene Perkkio in connection with having sex with a 16-year-old student. Akervik was placed on probation for a period of 15 years and sentenced to 60 days jail commencing 6/28/18. Akervik is also required to serve an additional 30 days of jail each year he’s on probation, which may be converted to electronic home monitoring starting in 2024.
At the time of these acts, Akervik was a teacher at Burnsville High School. Akervik pled guilty March 5, 2018 to one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree. As part of the sentence, Akervik was ordered to pay restitution and register as a predatory offender. The charge* of Electronic Solicitation of a Child (a felony) was previously severed by the Court and is set for jury trial on July 9, 2018.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, by contacting Monica Jensen at
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Backstrom commented: "Sexual abuse of a student by a teacher is deplorable conduct and we are pleased that Mr. Akervik has been held accountable for his actions."
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Jessica Bierwerth who prosecuted the case. 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.