Former Moorhead Superintendent Finalist Arrested For Suspected Indecent Exposure

A one-time finalist for the Moorhead Area Public Schools superintendent job was arrested for suspicion of misdemeanor indecent exposure.

Scott Staska, current superintendent at Rocori near St. Cloud, Minn., was arrested by Waite Park police Tuesday, March 20, and booked into the Stearns County jail, according to the St. Cloud Times.

Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud said an incident Sunday night led to Staska’s arrest. He would not comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.

Bentrud said police were investigating other incidents involving Staska. The chief told the Times he doesn’t believe minors were involved and police have no concern there is a threat to the public. Bentrud expects to release more information Thursday, March 22.

WJON radio in St. Cloud reported that police received a complaint of indecent exposure at a Kwik Trip store in Waite Park. Surveillance video and vehicle registration established the suspect was Staska. An investigation determined similar incidents happened at least four times in the last several months.

Staska has been superintendent at Rocori — which includes Cold Spring, Rockville and Richmond — since 2002. Prior to that he was in Granite Falls, Minn., and was a principal in Barnesville. He was named the state’s top superintendent in 2010 by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, according to the Times.

Moorhead Schools sent an email Thursday that no longer included Staska on its list of finalists.

He interviewed Friday for the Moorhead position. He was one of six finalists for the position.