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Theater Staff Member Fired After Admitting Sex With Female Student

March 1, 1985

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A staff member of the Minneapolis Children’s Theater Co. and School has been fired for having sex with an underage female student, theater officials said Friday.

Donald Fogelberg, who was director of the production education program and a teacher at the school, was fired Thursday after he submitted his resignation and confessed his involvement with the student, said John B. Davis Jr., interim executive director of the theater and school.

″I rejected Dr. Fogelberg’s resignation and I terminated his employment, effective immediately,″ Davis told a news conference. ″His action betrayed our trust and our Children’s Theater Co. and School written policy.″

The theater and school has been under scrutiny since its founder, John Clark Donahue, was arrested last year and charged with criminal sexual conduct for molesting three male students who were underage. In a plea bargain agreement, Donahue was sentenced to a year in the Hennepin County Workhouse and 15 years on probation.

As the investigation broadened, four other men - three of them on the theater staff - were charged with sexually abusing students at the school. One of them was found guilty of abusing a male student and two others were acquitted. A plea bargain in the final case will result in the dismissal of charges in a year if there are no further offenses.

No criminal charges have been filed against Fogelberg, said Marcy Dowse, the theater’s director of communications.

The student Fogelberg was involved with was between the ages of 16 and 18, said Davis.

Fogelberg, 49, had been with the Children’s Theater for about three years, Davis said.

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