Howard-Winneshiek schools: Teacher arrested for sexual conduct with student on administrative leave

"The individual in question has been placed on administrative leave and will be prohibited from entering school grounds indefinitely."

Posted: May 7, 2018 9:12 PM
Updated: May 8, 2018 6:21 AM

CRESCO, Iowa- We are learning more information regarding a Howard-Winneshiek School District employee who is accused of sexual activity with a student.

Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander was a high school/middle school teacher in the school district. She was arrested last week after police believe she had sex with a student and has been placed on administrative leave.
It's a toplic that many in the town of Cresco are still talking about.

“I was shocked, you don’t think a teacher would do that kind of thing,” said Amanda Roe.

“This town will have rumors no matter what,” said Mike McGuire, of Cresco.

Roe has two kids in the school district as well as a younger sister.

“It’s disappointing and kind of scary,” he said. “Teachers are supposed to help our children and support them, and they aren’t supposed to do this.”

Police say they obtained a cell phone belonging to a student who is 18 and determined Ranweiler-Oblander and the student engaged in sex acts at least four times at the student’s house. While Roe said the situation worries her, Mike McGuire said there’s no reason for concern.

“He was 18 years of age and I understand it’s an ethical (thing) but he was of age,” he said. “I don’t think she should be allowed at the school or anything, but I don’t know what the laws are as far as criminality.”

While McGuire and Roe disagree wuth the outcome of the situation, they both like the way the school handled it.

“One of my kids is in elementary school, they sent a mass email to all the parent and they had it so everybody could read it,” said Roe.

“They heard about. They contacted the police department and they investigated,” said McGuire.

One Monday the school district released this statement:

Statement from the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District

"On Monday, April 30, the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District was notified that a secondary teacher had allegedly engaged in professionally inappropriate conduct. The conduct in question would violate both the district’s school board policy and the Iowa Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
The individual in question has been placed on administrative leave and will be prohibited from entering school grounds indefinitely. Local law enforcement officials are now conducting an investigation.
The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We will continue to work cooperatively with local law enforcement officials as they conduct their investigation. While we cannot share any further information at this time due to privacy concerns, we will continue to update our school community as we are able in the coming days."

A move that is putting parents such as Roe at ease.

“You don’t think something like this could happen, but I guess things can happen anywhere,” she said.

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