Sioux Falls ex-teacher given 100 years for sexually assaulting students

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former elementary school teacher in Sioux Falls has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for sexually assaulting two students.

Seventy-two-year-old Thomas Richard Strong was earlier found guilty of four counts of rape and one count of sexual contact with a child under 16.

He was sentenced last week by Judge Jerome Eckrich in Minnehaha County to 25 years in prison on each count of rape to run consecutively to each other, and 10 years on the sexual contact count to run concurrently.

An investigation began in May 2019 when concerns were raised about inappropriate contact with two students, the Argus Leader reported.

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