Other possible victims sought in teacher’s arrest

A 38-year-old Las Vegas Academy teacher was arrested last week on charges of fondling a student, and police are now asking for the public’s help in identifying other possible victims.

Ronny Scott Hoffman, 38, was arrested on one count of felony coercion and three counts of open and gross lewdness, a gross misdemeanor.

The victim, a female student, accused Hoffman, a French teacher, of fondling her in a women’s bathroom at the school in October or November of 2007, according to his Las Vegas police arrest report. The academy is a public magnet school in downtown Las Vegas that focuses on performing and visual arts and international studies.

Hoffman denied the incident took place, the report states. He did say he hugged the girl once and that "maybe when he had hugged her he had felt the side of her breasts as his hands went behind her back," according to the report.

Hoffman has been removed from the classroom since May, according to police. Clark County School District officials said he has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. He has been with the district since September 2001. District officials would not say what other schools, if any, he has worked at.

Anybody who has information about other potential victims is encouraged to call the department’s sexual assault section at 828-3421.

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