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A 32-year-old former Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s teacher pleaded guilty to two felony counts of using minors in pornographic work and one count of possessing pornographic work in Brown County District Court Monday. As part of a Rule 15 plea agreement in hearing using remote technology, five counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors and two counts of disseminating pornographic work were dismissed against Neil A. Kirchoefer of Eden Prairie. A pre-sentence investigation was order and sentencing was set for 9:15 a.m., Monday, Oct. 5. Charges were filed Aug. 1, 2018. Kirchoefer had no prior criminal history other than speeding tickets, according to his attorney Charles L. Hawkins of Minneapolis. Kirchoefer was placed on unpaid leave after the allegations surfaced. He resigned shortly thereafter. According to the complaint, on Nov. 28, 2018, Sleepy Eye Police met with Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s school staff members who wanted to report a staff member viewed potential illegal images on a school network computer.

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