Former teacher pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct

A former physical education teacher with the Braham Area School District pled guilty Wednesday, May 16, to criminal sexual conduct.

Christopher Calvin Vavra, 25, of Isanti, entered a petition to enter a guilty plea to 4th degree criminal sexual conduct.

Vavra was originally charged in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge Nov. 28, 2011 with 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct and 4th degree criminal sexual conduct. Both charges are serious felonies, with the first charge including the fact that Vavra was in a position of authority over the victim.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the first count of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct will be dismissed, Vavra will serve 135 days in jail, and be on supervised probation for 10 years.

The victim was a student at the high school and the incidents took place during the school day.

Under questioning by Assistant Anoka County Attorney Amy Hall, Vavra admitted in court May 16 to having a conversation with the victim on Nov. 21, 2011, indicating he had a confession to make and “wanted to fool around with her.”

He further admitted to having another conversation with her the next day and admitted to hugging her, kissing her, and touching her in different places over her clothing.

A presentence investigation, as well as an order for a psychosexual evaluation, were ordered prior to his sentencing that will take place after July 10. The official sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

Hall explained state statute 609.345, criminal sexual conduct in the 4th degree, calls for a 10-year probationary period and Section 243.166, subdivision 6(a), requires a 10-year registration requirement as a predatory offender.

Vavra began with the Braham School District as a teacher in September 2010.

He is a 2005 graduate of Braham Area High School, and was a stand-out athlete in high school and in college. He doesn’t have any prior criminal convictions except for a stop sign violation in 2004.