PRISON TIME: Former Teacher Sentenced

The Urbandale teacher accused of performing sexual acts with two of his students accepted a plea deal and was sentenced Friday.

A Dallas County judge sentenced 24-year-old Benjamin Hoffman to a maximum of 10 years in prison on two counts of third degree sexual abuse.

Last June, Hoffman says he built a relationship with two of his students, lured them with alcohol then had sex with them. The students were 13 and 14-years-old.

One of the victims’, mother spoke out for the first time at the hearing Friday. She says since the incident, her child receives trauma and anxiety counseling and is now struggling in school.

The mother says she hopes the punishment will keep him away from other young people in the future, “No other child or their family should have to go through what we are going through. Through the actions that Mr. Hoffman has set into motion are ripple effect issues for [redacted] and our family that we will have work through for a very long time.”

After his sentence, Hoffman will be placed on the sex offender registry.

5 comments

  • William Denison

    Hoffmen is going to make alot of really really close friends in the pen.He might as well get use to spending his jail time laying face down.

  • John

    Simply is not right he ruined 2 peoples life and he gets 10 years. Cut that in half for good conduct and minus 1 year for time served. Plus all other factors as to early release and eligablity for community time and he is out in 18 months. I hope he gets out to find the families of the offended waitn g for him outside the gate with basball bats.

  • Captain Obvious

    I find it just as disturbing that there are more and more female teachers being busted for the same crimes and often with several male students over time, but they rarely serve the same time as their male counterparts. Teaching is a profession that entrusts our children in the hands of what we hope will be reliable and trustworthy mentors. Most teachers are amazing and do everything they can to help our kids become all they can be. For those exceptions, men and women, the punishments should be consistent and should be harsher.

  • get real

    I think these girls are lying through their teeth. It’s so sad people are so quick to judge. They need counseling but not for what is stated. Attention seeking young teenagers.

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