Deputies allege a substitute teacher used her position to “access children” and inappropriately touch students. Wolfgang Sprenger, 83, of Dunnellon, Florida, was arrested Thursday on two counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child under 12, four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a child.
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Hernando Elementary School staff told the school resource officer on Jan. 31 that Sprenger, a substitute teacher, “may have touched some students inappropriately.”
The county school board removed him from his job while authorities investigated.
A detective began locating “several juvenile victims, as well as several juveniles who had witnessed these acts,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The children told investigators that Sprenger touched them inappropriately, authorities said. Evidence supported their stories, according to the sheriff’s office.
“This case reveals how a predator can and will work himself into a position of trust to gain access to children,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “Sprenger violated the trust of the children he was supposed to teach and the trust our community placed in him. A classroom is supposed to be a nurturing and safe environment, not a playground for a predator like Sprenger. I hope this arrest will be the starting point of a journey of healing for his victims.”
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