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Moorhead Hockey Coach Resigns

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UPDATED 06/27 6:30 p.m.
  
Valley News Live has learned and confirmed that Moorhead boy's head hockey coach Pete Cullen has resigned.
 
A Moorhead Public Schools official tells us the resignation is effective as of Wednesday.

We have learned that the complaint the school district was looking into was about the police visits to Cullen's house.

Other published reports confirm the person who submitted the anonymous complaint to the school was concerned about domestic disturbance calls to Cullen's home and asked the district to look into it.

Even though charges have been either dropped or not filed, in several instances, police found and documented his girlfriend with either bruises, hair pulled out or traces of blood on her.

In those instances, she either did not give police enough information for an arrest or press charges.

We also spoke with Moorhead Public Schools to ask if they do background checks before hiring. An official said they are required to do criminal background check based on state and federal law after they make a job offer. She would not go into specifics about what happens if a background check does not check out.

We found, under Minnesota state law, the school district can terminate a position based on the results of a background check and not be held liable for that.

We tried reaching out to Cullen again Thursday, but we were not able to reach him.
 
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The Moorhead School District is looking into a complaint against the new head boy's hockey coach.
 
A whistle blower informed us that a complaint was filed last week against Pete Cullen. The caller blew the whistle on Cullen after he heard about the complaint and wanted us to find out what is behind it.
 
Valley News Live's Brandon Clark spoke with Moorhead Public Schools, and an official did confirm that there is an open complaint against Cullen. That official also said she believes it is credible, so they are reviewing it. She, however, would not give details about the complaint.
 
We dug into Cullen's background to try and find a connection. Our whistle blower mentioned multiple incidents with police showing up at Cullen's house.
 
In records obtained from the Moorhead Police Department, we found that to be true. Over the past five years, the police have been called five times to his home.
 
The most recent happened a week and a half ago. Police received a 911 call asking for help, and when they arrived at his house, they found a cell phone in pieces on the floor, but no one was home.
 
When they returned later in the afternoon, Cullen said the phone had fallen on the ground, but his girlfriend said he broke the phone. She later sent a text to police saying there was more to what happened but gave no other details.
 
As mentioned, police have been there other times as well, including in 2008 when Cullen was arrested for domestic assault. That charge was later dismissed.
 
According to a records check at the Clay County Courthouse, we found the 2008 domestic assault charge was dismissed.
 
We also found, in 2004, he was charged with domestic assault for the first time. That charge was also dismissed.
 
Also in 2004 he was convicted of DWI.
 
We tried talking to Cullen by knocking on his door and calling, but we were not able to reach him.
 
We should also note, the reason we dug so deep into his background was because Moorhead Public Schools would not tell us what the complaint is about.
 
We will continue to follow this story and bring you details as soon as they become available.

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