APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — A former Lakeville middle school principal was sentenced Monday, June 17 to 8 ½ years in prison for identity theft, stalking and burglary.

Christopher Jerome Endicott, 51, of Apple Valley, previously pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court to two counts each of gross misdemeanor stalking and felony burglary in connection with a rash of crimes that he blamed on “financial ruin.” On Feb. 1, Endicott pleaded guilty to felony identity theft.

In addition to giving Endicott 102 months behind bars, the judge also ordered him to pay nearly $20,000 to 14 victims, which include former colleagues, neighbors and in-laws, as well as an Apple Valley police officer.

As part of the plea agreement with prosecutors, one count each of gross misdemeanor theft and felony financial transaction card fraud were dismissed at Monday’s sentencing. The two stalking charges were also reduced from felony level.

Before joining Century Middle School in Lakeville as its principal in 2012, Endicott was the assistant principal at Dakota Hills Middle School in Eagan, which is in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district. He resigned in May 2018.

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Endicott was arrested in February 2018 in a fish house in Otter Tail County.