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.

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