A plea deal is being considered for a 34-year-old Waterville woman accused of sexually assaulting a girl while working as a school paraprofessional.
Attorneys have scheduled a June 15 settlement conference for Rachel Helen Stockwell, who was charged in February with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. She is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl she was helping in a special education class in the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown middle school.
The assault was initially reported to Faribault police, but the case was transferred to Le Sueur County Sheriff’s investigators after it was learned the assaults allegedly took place at Stockwell’s home in Waterville. A detective contacted the victim’s mother, who arranged an interview with her daughter.
The victim, who had an IQ equivalent of an 11-year-old, told investigators she had known Stockwell for several years, the criminal complaint said. The girl said they met at school when she was 12 or 13 years old.
At some point, Stockwell started inviting the girl to her home. It was during two of those visits that the assaults allegedly occurred.
During one visit on Feb. 15, Rockwell allegedly kissed the girl on the cheek and left a mark, the complaint said.
On Feb. 17, during another visit, Stockwell allegedly kissed the girl’s breast.
Stockwell was arrested in Waseca, at another place of employment, on Feb. 23, the complaint said. She was charged Feb. 25.