Sioux Falls Teacher Accused of Raping Students
December 02, 2010 9:15 PM
A Sioux Falls teacher is under arrest after police say he raped a 13-year-old girl. 26-year-old Nicholas Lee Jastorff (pictured), a resident of Harrisburg, faces six counts of 4th degree rape, one count of sexual contact with a child under the age of 16, and two counts of solicitation of a minor.
Jastorff, a husband, father, special education teacher, and now, accused rapist.
"The incidents had occurred in Harrisburg and, also, Sioux Falls," said Lt. Steve Haney with the Sioux Falls Police Department.
The investigation started two weeks ago, after a student told a school resource officer at Patrick Henry Middle School that a teacher made comments about hurting himself. Officials say further investigation revealed explicit text messages between Jastorff, the teacher in question, and two 13-year-old girls.
"They involved words and comments relating to the sexual acts," said Haney.
School officials say Jastorff was brought in for questioning the first school day after the allegations came to light. They say he resigned from his position, effective immediately, and had no more contact with students after that.
"Given the information we had, we immediately contacted the police department and turned the situation and concern over to them," said Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Pam Homan.
Minnehaha County States Attorney Aaron McGowan says he first learned of reports of sexual contact between Jastorff and one of the girls, a student at Patrick Henry, on Thursday.
"We issued a complaint and requested a million dollar warrant was issued by our circuit court," said McGowan.
Jastorff was arrested in Spearfish, where he was staying with a relative, Thursday afternoon. Officials say 10 more counts of 4th degree rape will be filed in Lincoln County. After Jastorff's arrest, school officials sent teachers and parents of Patrick Henry students a letter and a voicemail, explaining what happened.
Superintendent Pam Homan says this is a first in her career.
"I would say in my 30 years in the business, I have not witnessed allegations of this nature before," said Homan.
Police say they're not sure at this point if there are other victims. They're asking anyone with information to call the department at 367-7000.
Jastorff is being held in the Pennington county jail in Rapid City on a $1 million cash bond. At some point early next week he will be brought back to Sioux Falls for his first court appearance.