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School choir director in northwestern Minnesota charged with sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl

The choir director for a small school district in northwestern Minnesota has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl half his age during a visit to a cabin.

Richard J. Schrom, 30, of Fertile, was charged Monday in Todd County District Court with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with assaulting the 15-year-old girl last month.

Schrom is now on administrative leave from his job with the Fertile-Beltrami School District. His online biography says he's in his seventh year with the district, where he directed choirs at all school levels and gave voice lessons as well. The charges did not say whether the girl is a student in the district.


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