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Lawsuit: Bemidji schools failed to protect kids from assistant principal's sextortion scheme


January 17, 2020

Brandon Bjerknes

Bemidji school administrators failed to protect students from an assistant principal who abused his position to solicit sexually explicit photos from underage students, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court this week.

Brandon Mark Bjerknes, 37, is serving a 25-year sentence for the sprawling scheme, which targeted more than 50 young people. Two victims and their parents - all unnamed in court documents - say Bemidji Area Schools should also be held accountable, alleging the school could have done more to stop him.


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