In the News 3/20/15

Young Accuser Says She Tried to Fight Back Against Teacher Accused of Rape

In fourth grade, the teen said the abuse escalated. She claimed Rausenberg would pull her into his classroom, have her sit on his lap, fondle the girl and have her fondle him. The accuser said it continued into the fifth grade and that at times Rausenberg videotaped the abuse with a camera on his desk.

But then the girl said she fought back. She told police she took the camera from his desk and left a note saying, "... she knows what he is doing is wrong, that she took his camera and would report him to the police if it continued..." according to the affidavit.

It also says Rausenberg got the accuser's sister, who was in high school, out of class and forced her to take him to their home where he demanded to get the camera back.


Charges: Retired Anchorage teacher abused at least 2 minors

The 73-year-old was originally charged with seven felonies, but that criminal complaint has been replaced. Now, Schwantes faces two charges -- second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree attempted sex abuse of a minor.

Multiple KY Cases of Inappropriate Student Relations

✓ Former Academy @ Shawnee teacher Casey Kays, then 39, was charged in October 2013 with rape and sodomy in connection to a romantic relationship he had with a 15-year-old student he coached on the school's volleyball team. He was found guilty in October 2014.

✓ Former St. Raphael Catholic School teacher Philip Dale Anderson was charged in August 2014 for alleged sexual encounters he had with underage teens in the 1980s while working at the school. The charges stemmed from alleged sexual contact with one teenager from 1981 through 1983 and another teenager between 1984 and 1986.

✓ Former Moore Traditional High School assistant football coach Victorino Vasquez, 40, was arrested March 16 for allegedly raping a 14-year-old student about two years ago in the basement of the school's medical building. He has been charged with third-degree rape.

Former Portland 7th-grader claims teacher kept brushing up against her in class, sues for $350,000

Grooming implies a pattern of abuse. Were there other claims of abuse by different students? How did the school handle the complaint back when the student was in 7th grade? How was it investigated? Was it reported to the proper authorities so that it could be investigated properly? Only when those who are properly trained investigate can people feel confident that it was either not intentional abuse, or was in fact blatantly inappropriate behavior.

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A former teacher who abused his position at a Nottinghamshire school has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to child sex offences.

Kenneth David Topham, 51, of Hampden Cresent, Lindhome, Doncaster, admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust and three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust at an earlier hearing.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday 20 March), he was told he will serve 18 months in prison.

Topham groomed the victim, who was in her teens at the time, into believing that he loved her and intended to marry her.

He then encouraged sexual activity for his own gratification.

DC Louise Gowan, who investigated the case, said: “Topham consciously became close to the victim, exchanging text messages and making her believe he had feelings for her.

This was a total fabrication as he had no intention of having any long term relationship with her.

“Teachers, like police officers and doctors, are in a position of trust and if they abuse that position, they deserve to be brought to justice for their actions.

“Topham pleaded guilty and spared the victim from a trial, however she still has to live with the consequences of what happened, while he will have time in prison to contemplate his actions.”

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