Christopher Jerome Endicott, a former Mora High School teacher and varsity volleyball coach, died at the age of 53 while in custody at the Crow Wing County Jail on Nov. 20.
According to the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, life-saving measures were attempted when Endicott was found unresponsive but were not successful. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the cause of death.
Endicott was being held in jail on a Department of Corrections warrant.
Endicott taught English at Mora High School from 1996-2004. He also coached seventh grade boys basketball for one year, then coached junior varsity and varsity volleyball.
Endicott was convicted in 2019 for two counts of stalking, two counts of burglary and one count of identity theft. At the time, Endicott was living in Apple Valley and was principal at Century Middle School in Lakeville.
In January 2018, suspicious activity related to technology and systems use was reported to Apple Valley Police. An investigation revealed Endicott had collected personal financial information including social security numbers, computer passwords and credit card data of multiple victims including co-workers and students. Endicott used that data to make fraudulent purchases.
Endicott told investigators “We were in financial ruin” and that he did this primarily for the money. “I had accumulated so much debt that I couldn’t find a way out.”
He was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison and ordered to pay almost $20,000 in restitution.