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UPDATE: Barnesville Teacher and Coach on leave following arrest

Stuart Brandt, 26, Barnesville, MN
Stuart Brandt, 26, Barnesville, MN(Clay County Booking)
Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 3:46 PM CDT
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BARNESVILLE, Minn. (Valley News Live) - A teacher and coach in the Barnesville School District is on leave from his teaching and coaching duties after being arrested over the weekend.

Superintendent Dr. Jon Ellerbusch tells Valley News Live the following message was sent to families on Tuesday morning:

Court documents say 26-year-old Stuart Brandt was arrested on Saturday, April 17, and charged with one count of Domestic Assault-Commits Act to Cause Fear of Immediate Bodily Harm or Death and one count of Domestic Assault-Intentionally Inflicts/Attempts to Inflict Bodily Harm on Another; both of which are Misdemeanors.

A criminal complaint file says Brandt was in his home on Saturday morning and got into an argument with his roommate about the way she was cleaning the refrigerator. Court documents say Brandt eventually shoved his roommate and grabbed her arms. When she tried to pull away, he grabbed her neck and continued yelling. The documents also say that when the roommate left the room, Brandt grabbed her arm with one hand and punched her left side with the other.

Barnesville Police state in the documentation that Brandt’s roommate had a bruise on her arm. The roommate also told police that Brandt had threatened to drown her, grabbed her, and yelled at her in the past.

On Monday, Superintendent Ellerbusch told Valley News Live Mr. Brandt is a second year teacher with the District and confirmed his employment as the Elementary Physical Education Teacher, as well at the Head Wrestling Coach and Jr. High Baseball Coach. Dr. Ellerbusch also says, although the School District has not yet had a chance to visit with Mr. Brand about his arrest and the charges filed against him, they don’t believe the situation involved another school employee or a student at Barnesville Public School.

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