A former teacher at Wissahickon Middle School has been arrested and charged with several offenses related to allegations that he had inappropriate contact with two school students prior to his retirement.
Lower Gwynedd Township Police announced the arrest of Dr. Ronald Goldberg in a statement sent to media this afternoon. Police said Goldberg, who retired in 2009, surrendered to authorities and was charged with corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, and indecent assault.
Police said school authorities "immediately contacted the police" upon learning of the allegations from students.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, a student who is now 15 years old reported last Oct. 20 that she had been inappropriately touched by Goldberg, her sixth grade teacher. During the subsequent investigation, a second student, now 20 years old, reported to her parents and police that she was also inappropriately touched by Goldberg while in his sixth grade class in 2004.
During interviews with police, both students described how Goldberg "touched their breasts, butts and other parts of their bodies," according to police.
Both students told police touching occurred at the school during school hours and said Goldberg gave them food or money during the year.
The 20 year old former student said Goldberg began to touch parts of her body at the beginning of the 2003-04 school year. She told investigators that eventually, the touching progressed to her "breasts, butt and front area" on two different days in the teacher's lounge. He continued to touch her in his classroom until she reported it to her parents in February 2004.
The now 15 year old student said she was touched inappropriately by her sixth grade teacher beginning around the middle of the 2008-09 school year. According to the affidavit of probable cause, "Goldberg touched [the student's] breasts, butt, and put his hand near her vagina during class hours."
The student also reported that Goldberg once put his hand inside her pants and underwear and touched her bare buttocks.
The school district issued the following statement:
The Wissahickon School District was notified by local authorities that a former teacher, Dr. Ronald Goldberg, has been arrested on charges related to the indecent contact of two female students which allegedly occurred while he was employed as a District teacher. Dr. Goldberg retired from the district in 2009 and has not been affiliated with the District since then. The Wissahickon School District will continue to cooperate with law enforcement authorities in the future regarding this situation.
A spokesperson for the district declined to comment further on the situation when reached by telephone Friday.
Goldberg was arraigned and released after posting 10 percent of $50,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 27 at 1:30 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Robert Sobeck in the district court at 653 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell.