ST. PAUL — The St. Anthony Police Department has arrested Todd Harris Niklaus, the former dean of students, transportation director and longtime football coach at St. Anthony Village High School, on suspicion of criminal sexual behavior.
Niklaus, 52, of Roseville, was taken to Hennepin County Jail Friday morning and being held without bail pending charges, according to a jail listing.
The St. Anthony-New Brighton School District superintendent alerted families in the district via email on Friday to “an incident involving a former employee of St. Anthony Village High School,” which she later identified as Niklaus, “provided to me by the St. Anthony Police Department.”
The email, signed by Superintendent Renee Corneille, does not detail a specific criminal allegation beyond his arrest on probable cause for criminal sexual misconduct. Corneille said that in late January, police indicated they were investigating Niklaus, “who worked for many years” in the district.
“Although unrelated to this allegation, in June 2020 our District conducted an investigation of Mr. Niklaus following the report of separate concerns and charges,” she wrote. “I have notified the police department of our investigation. Based on the information reported at this time, no criminal activity has been uncovered.”
She said the school district continued the investigation and Niklaus tendered his resignation on June 25, 2020.
Corneille said students in grades 9 through 12 will soon receive a similar email notification and district staff will be on hand Monday to provide support to students and staff members. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact St. Anthony Police.
Earlier in 2020, a former student of St. Anthony Village High School posted an online petition on Change.org demanding that Niklaus be investigated and accusing district staff of a “culture that perpetuates sexual harassment.” and allowing inappropriate behavior” at school.