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July 19, 2013

NHREG volunteer accused of fondling teen

Man helped coach NRHEG track team

WASECA — A volunteer track coach at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School has been charge with second-degree criminal sexual conduct for reportedly kissing and fondling a 15-year-old girl.

Evan Duane Ferber, 20, of New Richland — the son of longtime head track coach Duey Ferber — was charged recently in Waseca County District Court with the felony.

In May, New Richland Police Chief Scott Eads received a tip that he should contact the mother of a 15-year-old NRHEG student about receiving sexual text messages from Ferber. Ferber, who also was on the NRHEG track team several years ago, had been volunteering to coach the track team for a few weeks.

Eads learned Ferber had been alone with the girl five times in his car when he was driving her home. The two kissed and he fondled her over her clothing on several occasions, Eads said.

NRHEG High School Principal David Bunn said he couldn’t answer questions because of the ongoing investigation.

“District policy along with Minnesota state law will be used to determine the outcome of this case,” Bunn said. “The safety and security of our students has and always will be at the forefront of how we operate, and our kids are safe.”

Evan Ferber declined to comment. Duey Ferber couldn’t be reached. Assistant County Attorney Rachel Cornelius said she couldn’t comment on a pending case.

Evan Ferber’s next court appearance is Aug. 20.

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