Hayden elementary teacher arrested for child sexual abuse charges

Hayden elementary teacher arrested for child sexual abuse charges

A fifth grade teacher at Hayden Meadows Elementary has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse of three separate children.

Ronald Dean Stone was arrested during a traffic stop on Friday with a warrant and booked into the Kootenai County Jail on two charges of lewd conduct with a minor under 16 and one charge of sexual abuse of a child.

The charges overlap with Stone’s employment at Coeur d’Alene Public Schools. District spokesperson Scott Maben told KXLY that Stone has been with the district since 1981, when he started as a first grade teacher.

Stone’s alleged victims are grown now and investigators confirm they are not currently students in the district.

The charges stem from three separate incidents:

Count 1 – Lewd conduct with a minor under 16: Court documents say on, or between May 25, 1999 to May 25, 2006, Stone committed a genital to genital act with a minor.
Count 2 – Sexual abuse of a child: Court documents say that on, or around January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2002 Stone had sexual contact with a minor.
Count 3 – Lewd conduct with minor under 16: docs say on, or between March 21, 1999 to March 21, 2006, Stone committed a genital to genital act with a minor.

Stone is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Through all of this, Stone will still get a paycheck from Coeur d’Alene Public Schools. Maben told KXLY Stone is on paid administrative leave during his court proceedings.

This is a developing story. More information will be added when it becomes available.

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