Ex-Teacher & Coach Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Eagle High School Student
A former teacher and coach for Eagle High School in Idaho has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a student. 32-year-old Jeff Ranstrom pleaded guilty in November to sexual battery by lewd and lascivious conduct of a 16- or 17-year-old child.
Fourth District Judge Jonathan Medema sentenced Ranstrom on Thursday, January 23. His sentence includes a four-year fixed term, which means he will be eligible for parole after serving four years of his 15-year sentence. He also must register as a sex offender after being released from prison.
Ranstrom was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old female student “dozens of times” between March and August of last year. He was originally charged with three other felony sex offenses and two counts of burglarly, but those charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
Ada County Deputy Prosecutor John Dinger told the court that Ranstrom groomed the victim from the time she was 15 years old, bought her gifts, and tried to control what she wore and who she saw. Ranstrom also reportedly sent her sexual text messages and manipulated her into thinking the abuse was a “relationship.”
Ranstrom taught at Eagle High School and also coached the boys basketball team. He resigned from both of these positions on September 23.
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Justice For Teacher Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
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Communities trust that teachers will help their students grow and develop into well-educated and well-rounded adults. But unfortunately, sometimes sexual predators work as teachers and exploit this trust in order to commit terrible crimes against their students. Our schools have a legal duty to do everything they can to prevent this from happening.
When a teacher is arrested for sexually abusing a student, it’s important to investigate the teacher and to ask if the school met its legal duty to protect its students. In some cases, negligence by school officials is partially to blame for failing to prevent sexual abuse by staff members.
For instance, a school district could be considered negligent for ignoring previous reports of inappropriate behavior by a teacher who was later arrested on sex crime charges involving a student. If negligence has enabled a teacher to abuse a student, the school district could be held liable in a lawsuit by the victims and their families.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual abuse by a teacher, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.
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