Former Mpls School Staffer Sentenced to 13 Years for 2018 Sexual Assault

posted Aug 9, 2019, 1:30 PM by Ronnie V
(Melvin Epps, Source: MN Dept. of Corrections) 

By MN Crime Watch, June 30, 2019

A former Minneapolis Public Schools employee was sentenced to 156 months in prison after being found guilty by a jury in June for a 2018 sexual assault that took place following a Super Bowl party.

Melvin Epps, who held consecutive positions in Minneapolis Public Schools as a special education assistant at Northeast Middle School and as a behavior specialist at Patrick Henry High School between August 2014 and March 2017, raped a woman after offering her a ride following the Maxim Super Bowl party in downtown Minneapolis, according to a report in June by Alpha News.

Prosecutors originally sought the maximum allowable prison sentence of 187 months, but Epps was sentenced to 156 months by Hennepin County Judge Philip Carruthers on July 12. Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines offenders are only required to serve two-thirds of their sentence locked up and the remainder on supervised release. With credit for time already served Epps is scheduled for anticipated release in December 2027, about eight and a half years.

Epps is also facing three felony counts of first-, third- and fourth-degree sexual conduct in another pending sexual assault case in Anoka County which is scheduled for a jury trial in October. Epps could face up to another 30 years if convicted in that case. 

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Anoka County case details, Source: MNCourts.gov)

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