A former teacher at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights has pleaded guilty to buying alcohol for students.
Kristin Marie Vanyo, 45, entered the plea Wednesday in Dakota County District Court.
In exchange, it is expected that three other criminal charges will be dropped at the May 30 sentencing hearing, according to prosecuting attorney Jeremy Knutson. Those charges are a second count of furnishing alcohol to a minor and two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct for smoking pot with students.
Vanyo, who was fired by the all-male Catholic prep school in May, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
According to court documents, Vanyo told police investigators in May she bought $120 worth of alcohol for students before the school’s military ball and prom; wrote a paper for a student in exchange for marijuana; and bought marijuana from a student.
In a followup interview with police, Vanyo said she picked up two students and smoked marijuana with them in her car at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Inver Grove Heights.
A gross misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.