Teacher in her 70s faces 600 years jail for sex assaults on teen at posh school

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A jury convicted 74-year-old Anne Nelson-Koch on all 25 counts against her (Image: Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger))
A jury convicted 74-year-old Anne Nelson-Koch on all 25 counts against her (Image: Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger))

A woman teacher in her 70s at a posh private school has been convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting one of her underage students, and now faces 600 years behind bars.

She had been arrested by Wisconsin cops and accused of an illicit relationship with the pupil who was aged just 14 at the time.

Anne Nelson-Koch's advanced age proved to be no barrier to the list of charges she faced when she went into court.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports a Monroe County jury has now convicted the 74-year-old former Tomah teacher of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student.

Authorities reported Anne Nelson-Koch was convicted on all 25 charges against her stemming from her persistent sexual assaults of the boy in the basement of a private school in Tomah during the 2016-17 school year, Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger said in a statement.

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He told reporters that at the time of the assaults when she regularly preyed on the teenager, Nelson-Koch was 67 and the student was 14.

The jury deliberated for about five hours after a three-day trial before they arrived at their crushing verdicts, Croninger added.

And the Assistant District Attorney Sarah Skiles, who prosecuted the case, took the opportunity to praise the courage of the student during the investigation, when he faced tough questioning.

She said: “The victim of these crimes is an incredibly brave young man.

“He spoke the truth, and the jury heard him loud and clear. We are so grateful to the jury for their dedication to finding the truth.”

The investigation was led by Investigator Paul Sloan of the Tomah Police Department.

Ms Skiles went on to say: “We could not have achieved this outcome without the victim’s strength and Investigator Sloan’s dedication and thorough investigation.”

After the jury returned their flood of guilty verdicts, Ms Skiles requested Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Richard Radcliffe, who presided over the case, to revoke Nelson- Koch’s bond and remand her to custody pending sentencing.

However, the former teacher was subsequently released to the community with GPS monitoring pending sentencing.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 27 when she faces more than 600 years of prison.

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In other Wisconsin news, four people have died in two separate crashes - one involving a helicopter and a gyrocopter, and the other a small plane - at a popular air show.

Both tragedies involved people attending the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual fly-in convention on Saturday.

The first incident saw a T-6 Texan - a small, single-engined plane similar to those used in the Second World War - carrying two people crash into Lake Winnebago at about 9am. Despite the best efforts of the local sheriff's office and fire department, both passengers passed away. The victims are believed to be in their 20s or 30s.

A few hours later, just before 12.30pm, a helicopter and a gyrocopter crashed mid-air near the Wittman Regional Airport. Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department and the Oshkosh Fire Department were quickly on the scene, however two of those on board were declared dead.

Chris Murphy

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