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Mitchell John Dirnberger, former Chaffee Junior and Senior High school teacher faces three offenses

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

On Friday, March 24, charges were filed against Mitchell J. Dirnberger for a sexual encounter with a young female student.

Dirnberger was charged on March 28 with three offenses, including promoting a sexual performance to a child (a Class C felony), endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree (a Class D felony) and sexual misconduct in the second degree (a Class C misdemeanor).

According to the Southeast Missourian, he allegedly had sexual conversations with a 16-year-old female student over Snapchat, inviting her to come over to his house.

He worked as a shop teacher specializing in industrial technology, sponsor for the robotics club and head coach of eSports at Chaffee Junior and Senior High School. Dirnberger has been fired from Chaffee Jr./Sr. High School with a court date undecided.