Maple Grove, Minnesota (FOX 9) – A former teacher and football coach at a Columbia Heights middle school has been charged with multiple sexual crimes after allegedly making pornographic videos with a teenager, according to a criminal complaint.
Daniel Rolyn Laskowski, 32, of Maple Grove, is charged with first and second degree criminal sexual behavior as a position of authority and two charges of using minors for pornographic purposes.
Police are also investigating allegations of new victims, whom Laskowski has contacted to make pornographic videos, according to the charges.
According to Columbia Heights Public Schools, Laskowski worked as a social science teacher and as a coach between August 2012 and November 2017.
According to the criminal complaint, Laskowski was the sixth grade teacher and then coached him into football in seventh and eighth grade. The victim told the police that he considered Laskowski as a "father figure".
The two remained close until an incident in the fall of 2017, when the teenager's mother learned that he had been drinking alcohol at Laskowski's home. The online recordings of a school board meeting show that Laskowski's resignation from the Columbia Academy came into effect on November 17, 2017.
The victim told the police that Laskowski had contacted him via Snapchat in the summer of 2018 and that they had started hanging out at Laskowski. At one point, Laskowski asked the teenager if he would agree to make a pornographic video with him. Laskowski claimed that he had contacts in Europe who would buy the video for $ 250,000, that two of them could be shared equally. The then 15 year old man needed money and agreed to make the video that Laskowski recorded on his phone.
Some time later, Laskowski told the teenager that his "contacts" liked the video, but did not accept it because there was music in the background. He persuaded the teenager, now aged 16, to make a second video, which he also recorded on his phone. A few weeks later, Laskowski said his contacts also rejected the video.
This month, Laskowski asked the teenager to make a third video, but this time doing a different sexual act. After this proposal, the teenager and his mother went to the Maple Grove Police Department. In front of the police, the teen started sending messages to Laskowski through Snapchat. During their conversation, Laskowski tried to set a time to make the third video and mentioned their previous videos.
The police seized Laskowski's electronic devices through a search warrant. The forensic examination is in progress.
Laskowski is in custody at Hennepin County Jail.