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Riverton teacher quits, accused of child sex abuse

Submitted by Newsroom on November 14, 2011 – 7:05 amNo Comment

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — A Riverton High School teacher has resigned following allegations of sexual exploitation of children and sexual abuse of a minor, in the third degree. District 25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said Coby Stoehr’s letter of resignation will be presented later this month to the school board of trustees during their Nov. 22 meeting.

According to published reports, the 32-year-old social studies teacher entered a plea in district court last week of “not guilty” to the criminal charges. He also faces three misdemeanor counts — promotion obscenity, providing alcohol to someone under age and giving tobacco to a minor. The five charges carry a potential 28 years of prison time.

In a letter released to the press on Friday, the school superintendent said the teacher had been placed on administrative leave and barred from school property since the incident was first reported on Aug. 31. That’s when the Riverton Police Department began its investigation.

The superintendent went on to say authorities had collected sworn statements in recent weeks from students, teachers and the accused, in anticipation of a Nov. 10 termination hearing. But the teacher resigned Tuesday, two days before the event.

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