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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Charges filed: Macomb elementary teacher accused of lewd or indecent acts

  • Four felony counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 have been filed against a Macomb sixth grade teacher for alleged inappropriate acts with students and that teacher is now reportedly on administrative leave.
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  • Four felony counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 have been filed against a Macomb sixth grade teacher for alleged inappropriate acts with students and that teacher is now reportedly on administrative leave.
    Glenn Andrew Ronning, 46, of Ada, was charged in Pottawatomie County District Court following a lengthy investigation by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sheriff Mike Booth said Ronning is accused of inappropriate acts with two female students, ages 12 and 13, with the alleged incidents occurring between Feb. 12 and 14.
    Charges allege the teacher touched or grabbed the rear ends of both girls and he is also accused of groping the 12-year-old’s inner thigh, the filed charges show. For another count, he is accused of inserting his finger through a hole in one of the girl’s jeans to touch her leg, the filed charges show.
    Booth said a complaint of inappropriate behavior and “touching” resulted in school officials taking immediate action on Feb. 17 by placing Ronning on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. School officials then immediately notified Deputy Adam Kuhlman, a sheriff’s deputy who also serves as a school resource officer in south Pottawatomie County.
    According to the report, deputies met with several parents as part of the investigation, with one of them reporting that Ronning allegedly grabbed her daughter’s bottom, reports show.
    The teacher also allegedly invited one of the students to stay the night at his house, reports indicate, and Booth also said the suspect allegedly continued to contact that same student by text messages after being placed on administrative leave.
    The Macomb Public School’s website lists Ronning as a sixth grade teacher at the elementary school.
    Macomb Superintendent Matthew Riggs told the News-Star Wednesday that he couldn’t comment on any pending personnel issues.
    “We take allegations very seriously and we investigate,” he said.
    Booth has commended the Macomb School District for acting quickly to report the allegations and for cooperating 100 percent during the investigation.
    As part of the probe, Booth said deputies also obtained a search warrant for the teacher’s home in Ada, where items including a cell phone, camera, flash drives and three computers were seized.
    The probe led authorities to file an arrest warrant for Ronning, who was arrested March 18 and was released after posting a $5,000 bond the same day, jail records show.
    Booth said they sought charges based on evidence in the case and the rest is up to the courts and judicial system.
    “He’ll have his day in court,” Booth said, adding investigations like this “scare every parent out there.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Last year, another Macomb teacher resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with a student. An investigation was done in that case, with no charges being filed.
    Ronning’s next court date hasn’t yet been scheduled; an attorney of record is not yet listed on his case file.
    If convicted of lewd or indecent acts, each count can be punishable by no less than three years and not more than 20 years in the state penitentiary.

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