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A former La Crosse School District show choir co-director who admitted to sexually assaulting a Logan High School student now is accused of assaulting another student years earlier, in 2010.

Dustin Bagstad


Prosecutors on Tuesday levied four more felony sexual assault charges against 33-year-old Dustin Bagstad, who was charged in early December with sexually assaulting the first student.

Bagstad, 33, pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault of a child younger than 16, six counts of sexual assault of a child by a person who works with children, two counts of exposure and repeated sexual assault of the same child after he waived his preliminary hearing in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Bagstad resigned from his position on Dec. 10, according to the district. He is free on a $2,500 cash bond.

The first student, now 16, told authorities during an interview in late November that Bagstad was her singing coach and that the pair began communicating on Snapchat, where they exchanged nude and semi-nude photographs, according to the complaint.

She told authorities that Bagstad first had sex with her at his house at 3343 Mormon Coulee Road on Nov. 8, 2016, after removing their clothing while she was working on homework, the complaint stated. The girl said she felt trapped during the encounter and that she feared he would have her removed from choir if she tried to stop him.

Bagstad sexually assaulted the girl another 10 times through July 17, most often at his apartment, the complaint stated. Two of the encounters took place before and after choir rehearsal.

Investigators found love letters from choir students and a framed photograph of the victim in Bagstad’s apartment. They seized his bedding, laptops and cellphone.

Bagstad admitted to having a sexual relationship with the student, who made him promise that he “would never do this to anyone else,” according to the complaint. He also said he had “intimate” conversations with a second student, the complaint stated.

A second victim interviewed on Dec. 21 told investigators that Bagstad first sexually assaulted her at his apartment in 2010, when she was a 15-year-old sophomore at Central High School. She estimated he had sex with her 30 to 40 times over a nine-month span, according to the complaint.

During her vacation to Florida in late 2010 or early 2011, Bagstad flew to meet the student and gave her a ring, the complaint stated.

A 15-year-old Logan High School student and show choir member said Bagstad sent two semi-nude photographs of himself to the student in April or May, according to the complaint.

Another former show choir student said Bagstad sent her semi-nude photographs and asked her for sex when she was 16 years old.

Another student told police that she knew of show choir students who did not want to report Bagstad because they didn’t want to jeopardize their show choir season, the complaint stated.

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