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Teacher Arrested for Sexual Misconduct
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LAS VEGAS -- A teacher at the Las Vegas Academy has been arrested for sexual misconduct with a student.

Thirty-eight-year-old Ronny Scott Hoffman was taken into custody last week and police are looking for more victims. Hoffman was a French teacher at the Academy. The victim was a former female student.

"The purpose of the release is to get it out to the community -- to the parents, to any other former students who may have been in contact with Mr. Hoffman and see if there were any prior or recent conduct involving victims we are not aware of," said Metro Lt. John Bradshaw.

Police started their investigation in May of 2009. Hoffman was removed from the school at that time and according to the school district was assigned to work from home.

According to court documents, the victim claims Hoffman inappropriately touched her while in one of the girl's bathrooms at the Academy sometime in October or November of 2007. The victim alleges another girl entered the bathroom and she was able to run away.

Police have interviewed approximately 105 female students from the Academy and were unable to find the witness or other victims.

Court records indicate the victim never came forward because she was ashamed. But nearly two years after the assault, on advice from a counselor, she e-mailed the teacher. Hoffman then hired an attorney and sent a letter to the victim's parents ordering "harassing communications" with him to stop.

Police interviewed Hoffman and he denied entering the women's bathroom.

Hoffman agreed to a polygraph test, but police say he failed. Police say he changed his story, first denying he ever touched the victim and then saying he hugged her in the classroom. According to the report, he admitted it was possible "my hands and possibly my arms touched her breast" during a hug.

Police say Hoffman did not have an ongoing relationship with any students.

Parents say they're disheartened by the news. "I'm actually really very surprised because I always thought this was a great school and I always thought that the teachers that taught here were just a little different. They were a lot more creative and it's very surprising for me," said parent Janel Sinatra.

Court documents reveal this isn't the only time the victim has taken issue with the teacher. Records show the victim complained about him back in 2008 because she felt he was stalking her.

Police say an investigation in the case is now on going, but they're also urging parents of students who have ever been in contact with the teacher to be aware. "Be inquisitive if anything happened inappropriate with him and if it did, then notify the sexual assault detail as soon as possible," said Lt. Bradshaw.

Hoffman has been charged with felony coercion with force and three counts of open and gross lewdness.

Police are asking if there are any other victims to please come forward and call Metro Sexual Assault Unit at (702) 828-3421.

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