Yesterday, Mankato West art teacher Tessa Downs submitted her resignation. She is resigning her position amid an investigation into allegations that the 30 year old Downs had sex with a student. The district says it had been aware of the allegations and had received the investigative files from police this summer. Mankato police were alerted in July by the mother of a student, who reported that her son admitted that he had a sexual relationship Downs. Since the student was 18 at the time of the alleged sexual relationship, that is not illegal in Minnesota and Downs was not charged with a crime, although there will be a push to change that at next year’s State Legislature. Get more details on this story at southernminnesotanews.com.