Hastings teacher accused of having sex with student pleads not guilty

A Hastings teacher accused of having sex with an underage minor has pleaded not guilty. 

In April, the Hastings Police Department began investigating reports of a relationship between Tyler Hedlund, 23, who was a first year physical education teacher at Hastings St. Cecilia, and a 16-year-old student. 

According to court documents, the student told investigators she exchanged numbers with Hedlund and the two saw each other on a number of occasions. The two met about 20 times in total, and had sex during 6-7 of those meetings, the documents say, with all but one of those meetings occurring at Hedlund’s home.  

The documents also say Hedlund provided alcohol to the student and her friends on several occasions.  He was placed on administrative leave in April. 

On Wednesday, Hedlund entered a written plea of not guilty to a child abuse charge, according to court documents. 

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