Former Ralston teacher sentenced for groping students in front of class

The Douglas County Attorney’s Office secured justice for the three child victims after a two lengthy trials. The Omaha World Herald covered the story:

This time, [the teacher]’s hands were behind his back. Fastened. In a position where they couldn’t grope another child.

Decrying the “catastrophic” effects on [the teacher]’s victims, Retelsdorf sentenced the 60-year-old Omaha man to the maximum term on each count.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine lauded the fortitude of the boys and their families.

Kleine said the boys or their parents could have refused to continue after the first trial ended in a hung jury. Instead, they testified again.

One of the boy’s mothers told prosecutors she was satisfied with [the teacher]’s sentence. “It’s a relief,” she said.

“Those kids are courageous,” Kleine said. “They’ve been through a lot — having to relive this multiple times. I’m sure they’re ready to move on with their lives.”

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