A Minnesota teacher was arrested for third-degree sexual misconduct with a minor between the ages of 13 and 15. Karla Winterfeld was arrested on May 21, and will be arraigned on the morning of May 23.
Winterfeld, 33, was taken to Saint Louis County Jail on May 21, 2018, at 3:42 p.m. Felony charges have been levied on her for sexually exploiting a minor. She is being held without bail.
Winterfeld was the recipient of the annual Greg Irons Award, which honors exceptional teachers.
She moved to Duluth in the summer of 2003 for college, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in health education, as well as a minor in psychology and special education. Winterfeld also has a Masters degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. At the time of her arrest, she taught at Lincoln Park Middle School.
Winterfeld worked as a health education teacher in Duluth Public Schools for over 10 years, working with students with emotional disabilities.
She also volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club in Northland. An interview highlighting her accomplishments has since been removed from the Duluth News Tribune website.
Police believe that there was only one victim, but are still investigating. “The victim in this case has been identified and we have not been made aware of or believe there are other victims,” Duluth police said.
Winterfeld Was Married with a Child
Karla Winterfeld was listed on the Duluth News Tribune‘s “20 Under 40” list in 2016. At the time, she was married to an art teacher named Rob Winterfeld, who worked at Proctor High School. The couple have a daughter, Lydia Winterfeld.
The two love cats, and have two: Miley and Mooch.
They volunteered with Mentor Duluth, working to help youth and families in the community. Winterfeld often went on hiking and ski trips with her family.
Karla Winterfeld is scheduled to be arraigned on May 23, where formal charges will be placed. She is currently facing third-degree criminal sexual conduct allegations. At this time, there is believed to be only one victim between the ages of 13 and 15.