Urbandale Teacher Pleads Not Guilty in Sex-With-Students Case


By Rachel Begle

ADEL, Iowa (AP) - Pleas of not guilty have been entered for an Urbandale Middle School teacher accused of having sex with two of his students.

The Des Moines Register says 23-year-old Benjamin Hoffman has bonded out of Dallas County Jail. His lawyer entered the pleas for him last week.

Hoffman is charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse, one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor.

West Des Moines police say Hoffman had sex with a 13-year-old student of his at Urbandale Middle School and a 14-year-old former student of Hoffman's while he was student-teaching at Norwalk Middle School.

Hoffman was placed on leave by the school district.
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