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Police report details relationship between teacher and student at Shattuck-St. Mary's

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FAIRBAULT, Minn -

A newly released police report regarding an inappropriate relationship between a Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher and a student, is shedding light on how the school learned of the relationship that led to a teacher taking his own life.

Len Jones started the relationship six years ago when the student in question, a Korean foreign exchange student, was 15-years-old, and ended with Jones committing suicide.

When the relationship began, Jones was a dorm parent, charged with helping students at Shattuck-St. Mary's adjust to life away from home.

The girl told police when she was a sophomore, she kissed Jones before leaving for a semester in Hawaii. Their relationship turned sexual when she returned the following spring. The two would meet four or five times a week, both in her dorm room, and in Jones' apartment on campus.

The girl says her relationship with Jones came to the attention of the school a year or so later when officials heard rumors she didn't go back to Korea, or stay with her host family, for the 10 day Thanksgiving break.

When school officials threatened to expel her, she broke down and told them she had been at a hotel with Jones for part of the holiday vacation.

The girl says told her Jones the day before school officials found out about the relationship, he would commit suicide if they were found out.

Later she emailed Jones saying, "I'm sorry. I have nothing to say. I wish you could find other happiness in your life. I'm sorry for this. You can blame me for everything. Forget me. Move on."

In her last email to Jones, the girl wrote, "Please don't do anything stupid. Don't hurt yourself. If you do, expect me to do the same."

After her meeting with Shattuck-St. Mary's officials, the girl called Jones to tell him their relationship was no longer a secret. Jones hung up on her, and didn't answer when she called back a few minutes later.

It was around that time that two staff members arrived at Jones's campus apartment and told him they needed to go to a meeting at the Director of Studies Office. It was at that meeting Jones was to be placed on administrative leave.

Jones then asked the two to wait a moment. He then walked onto his patio and shot himself in the head with a shotgun, about 20 to 30 feet from where his 17-month-old daughter was sleeping in the next room.

Fairbault Police, along with Jones' widow, say if school officials had contacted police, instead of trying to confront him themselves, he may not have had the opportunity to kill himself.

Shattuck-St. Mary's says it was following its plan to investigate the situation and notify police, when the tragedy took place.

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