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More victims, child sexual assault charges for former La Crosse School District employee

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Former La Crosse School District employee arrested on sexual assault charges, receives four new charges in La Crosse County Court Tuesday.

According to Dustin Bagstad's amended criminal complaint, five new victims were added to the case and four additional charges, including three counts of sexual assault of a child by a person who works or volunteers with children and repeated sexual assault of a child.

Bagstad appeared in court Tuesday morning, waived the preliminary hearing and entered a not guilty plea.

According to the La Crosse School District, Bagstad resigned from his position effective December 10, 2017.

PREVIOUS: December 1, 2017: The La Crosse School District employee arrested on sexual assault charges appeared in court Friday afternoon.

Dustin Bagstad, 33, is charged with 15 crimes. 10 counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 16, three counts of sexual assault of a child by a person who works with children and two counts of exposing genitals and intimate parts, court records show.

According to the criminal complaint, Bagstad befriended the student during the 2015-2016 school year by giving the student rides home after choir rehearsals.

Allegedly, the student and Bagstad began exchanging topless photos and kissing each other, which the student was uncomfortable with.

The student said the relationship turned sexual during the following school year, 2016-2017, causing the student to feel 'trapped' in the relationship.

In the complaint, the student says the two had sex 11 times over the course of a year, not including other sexual encounters.

Bagstad later admitted to investigators to the sexual relationship.

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