Mendota Heights music teacher accused of having sex with student

A high school music teacher in Mendota Heights is facing felony charges for allegedly having sexual relations and sending inappropriate text messages and nude photos to one of her students.

In February, a school resource officer was alerted to inappropriate text message conversations between a 17-year-old student and his music teacher, Christine Funk, 31, of New Hope.

The conversations suggested the two had engaged in sexual relations and the teacher had sent partially nude photos of herself to the student.

The student admitted to having sexual relations with Funk at the high school, at Funk’s house and in a car outside the student’s home. Funk denied having sexual relations with the student, telling police the texts were a “fantasy,” but admitted to sending the nude photos.

Funk is charged with three counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.