By Sarah Barchus
A 70 year-old former theater teacher at a Faribault preparatory school was charged with sexual misconduct Monday, the Star Tribune reported.
Lynn Phillip Seibel faces charges from the Rice County Attorney's Office of 17 counts of sexual misconduct, including two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, 12 counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving students at Shattuck-St. Mary's School and one count of possession of child pornography, the Pioneer Press reported.
According to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Faribault Police Department, the alleged incidents occurred between 1996 and 2003 took place in school classrooms and dormitory with boys from ages 15 to 18, the Star Tribune reported.
Seibel taught at the 6-12th grade school from 1992 until 2003 when the school fired him for having child pornography on his computer, the Star Tribune reported.
According to a report from the Faribault Daily News, Seibel won teacher of the year in 1994 and was nominated for the award every year, the Pioneer Press reported.
In June, the Faribault Police Department began investigating after a former student told an Olmsted County Community Corrections employee that Seibel had assaulted him in 2001, the Pioneer Press reported.
Shattuck-St. Mary's said in a statement that it received a complaint against Seibel in 2001 and then reported it to the Rice County social services department and the Faribault police, the Star Tribune reported. Agent Drew Evans of the BCA said that Shattuck-St. Mary's actions are under investigation
According to Los Angeles court records, Seibel is in jail in on unrelated charges of child pornography possession, the Star Tribune reported.
Seibel is a professional actor in Hollywood and has appeared in movies and TV shows like The Incredible Hulk and The Big Bang Theory. He earned a master's degree in directing from UW-Madison, the Pioneer Press reported.