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Barnum girls basketball coach arrested for criminal sexual conduct

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BARNUM, MN -- A Carlton County high school basketball coach was arrested Tuesday for criminal sexual conduct.

Andrew Palmer, who Barnum School District leaders identified Wednesday as their head girls basketball coach, was booked into the county jail Tuesday night.

The Barnum school district hired Palmer in 2019.

He served two years as the head coach for Barnum girls basketball.

Barnum Schools Superintendent Michael McNulty said he found out about the arrest because someone let him know Palmer was listed on the county's jail roster.

"You do your usual background checks and follow-throughs and everything like that," McNulty said. "Nothing like this, but again, we don't know anything so can't say anything about that in terms of him."

Palmer, 33, previously attended Barnum High School as a student.

McNulty said Barnum Schools will do their own investigation, but right now they are following law enforcement's lead.

McNulty said they are communicating with the team and making sure everyone is as informed about the situation as they can be.

"It's all we can give them because we don't know anything more," he said.

McNulty said he was surprised, and the district is fully cooperating with authorities.

"You make sure that you take care of everything within, but otherwise it's kind of a waiting game right now," he said.

The assistant coach will serve as interim head coach for now.

"The kids are still here playing basketball," McNulty said. "Support them. They're still playing sports and those are some great positives for kids and people."

As of Wednesday afternoon, Palmer has not officially been charged.

He is on standard administrative paid leave while the investigation takes place.

Few details about his alleged actions are available.

A check of Palmer's court records found no similar past convictions.

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