WINONA, Min. (WXOW) – A former Winona soccer coach is charged with child sexual assault.
Dustin Beckman, 31, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Winona County after the Olmsted County investigated allegations of inappropriate touching against a 14-year-old girl during an off season soccer training session at Dover-Eyota.
Michael Carolan, the Superintendent of Dover-Eyota Public Schools, said Beckman was employed by the district from August through December 2018. He currently has no relationship with the district. In a statement provided to our sister station KTTC, Carolan said, in part, “We take the safety and security of our students very seriously and have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement in its investigation.” You can read his full statement below.
According to a news release from The Olmsted County Sheriff the alleged offense occurred in December 2018. As the investigation continued, they learned of other allegations against Beckman from 2016 to 2017 involving a then 14-year-old girl. The sheriff’s office said those alleged assaults happened at Beckman’s home in Rochester.
Beckman is a Winona native. He coached the girls soccer team at Winona Senior High School from 2009-2017, then served as the interim head coach of Winona State in the 2017 season. Richard Dahman, Winona Area Public Schools Superintendent, said no complaints were made while he was employed at the school and no complaints have been made at this time.
The Winona Daily News reports that there were no complaints filed against Beckman while he was coaching at Winona High or Winona State, according to the schools.
The sheriff’s office is recommending three felony sexual conduct charges.
Local prevention advocates say the coach/athlete relationship is complicated and parents should watch out for certain signs. Stephanie Young, Clinical Manager at Gundersen Center for Violence Prevention & Intervention, said, “It’s not appropriate for coaches to be friends with athletes, so when coaches that are grooming children to abuse them, use that type of language about ‘we have a special relationship, a special connection, we’re friends…’ that is also a warning sign because they’re a coach they’re not a friend.”
Young also said a warning sign in your child could be behavior changes, if they are normally outgoing they might become more withdrawn.
Beckman had an arraignment scheduled for Friday morning in Olmsted County Court.
Dover-Eyota School District Superintendent Michael Carolan released a statement regarding the Beckman allegations:
“The Dover-Eyota School District is aware of the pending criminal charges regarding Dustin Beckman. Mr. Beckman is not a current employee of the School District. He was employed by the School District only from August 2018 through December 2018. We understand from law enforcement that Mr. Beckman’s arrest resulted from allegations that were not brought forward for investigation until after Mr. Beckman’s employment with the School District ended.
Mr. Beckman has no current relationship with the School District and is not involved in any capacity in School District activities. Although Mr. Beckman does not have a presence on school property or in school activities, the School District recognizes the impact these charges may have on its students, staff and the community as a whole. We take the safety and security of our students very seriously and have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement in its investigation. The School District also has and will continue to take whatever action is appropriate pending the disposition of this matter to ensure that our students and staff have a comfortable and safe educational and working environment.
This is the extent of the information the School District can provide about this matter at this time. We suggest that if there are any further questions about this matter, that they be directed to law enforcement.
Dover-Eyota counseling staff will be available to provide support and assistance for our students.”
Superintendent Dover-Eyota Public Schools