Adviser accused of sexual assault

Justin Horwath

.Minneapolis police arrested Candelario Zuniga, an undergraduate student adviser in the Carlson School of Management, Friday on reports he molested an 8-year-old girl, according to police reports.

Hennepin County officials charged Zuniga, 56, of Minneapolis, with two counts of criminal sexual conduct Monday – one in the first degree and the other in the second degree – according to court documents.

The documents state the girl reported to her mother that a neighbor had been touching her inappropriately, and identified Zuniga by his first name.

The girl disclosed multiple instances of sexual contact to investigators, which took place at Zungia’s home – where his wife runs a daycare – and at a nearby park on seven occasions, according to the documents.

The University still considers Zuniga an employee, and there is nothing to indicate there has been inappropriate contact with University students or staff, University spokesman Dan Wolter said in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon.

“As more details become available, the University will take the appropriate action that both protects the safety concerns of students and staff as well as recognizes the employee’s right to due process,” Wolter said. “The University continues to review the matter and only knows what has been revealed publicly in the criminal complaint and through the news.”

The documents state the child told police that Zuniga took a nude photograph of her and that on at least one occasion, showed her what was described as pornographic images of other children.

The girl’s mother also verified Zuniga went on a bike ride with the girl July 14. The girl frequently went to Zuniga’s house to play, according to the documents.

Police arrested Zuniga in his office 9 a.m. Friday. Officials set his bail at $500,000.

Zuniga has been working at the University for decades. He worked as an adviser in the Business Association of Multicultural Students and has been a coordinator with the Leadership Educational and Development Program since 1993, according to a 2005 Daily article.

LEAD is a summer program that encourages high school minority students entering their last year to pursue business careers.

Wolter said in another e-mail that all of Zuniga’s advisees have been assigned to a new adviser.

Zuniga has no prior record with Minneapolis Police.

Two robberies on Fifth Street lead to arrests

A robbery and an attempted robbery off Fifth Street Southeast led to the arrests of two juvenile suspects and

19-year-old James Hill of Minneapolis around 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to police reports.

The juveniles, who were charged with felony robbery, were 14 and 15 years old.

Spencer Bondhus, a recent University graduate, said the suspects surrounded him as he biked by them, but he managed to escape. He called the police, who arrested the suspects and gave another victim, Donald Frahm, 37, of Minneapolis, medical treatment.

Bondhus said Frahm was beaten by the suspects.

Man arrested for assault of police horse

Minneapolis police arrested Gerry Woods, 44, Saturday morning for assaulting a police horse.

The report states officers observed the man slapping the horse during crowd-control activities on Hennepin Avenue, causing the horse to react by jerking and moving away quickly.

Hennepin county officials charged the man with a misdemeanor for assault on a police horse, which carries a fine of up to $1000, a 90-day prison sentence, or both.