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A La Crosse School District show choir co-director admitted to sexually assaulting a Logan High School student over a span of nine months, according to court records.

Dustin Bagstad


Prosecutors charged Dustin Bagstad, 33, with 10 counts of sexual assault of a child younger than 16, three counts of sexual assault of a child by a person who works with children and two counts of exposure in La Crosse County Circuit Court. His bond is $2,500 cash.

The victim, now 16, told authorities during an interview on Monday that Bagstad was her singing coach. 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.

“That was fun,” he told her afterward, according to the complaint.

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.

Bagstad is on administrative leave and is not allowed to have contact with students or be on school property, Superintendent Randy Nelson wrote in a letter to parents.


Police and courts reporter

Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at or 608-791-8224.