Former Wissahickon Teacher Arrested

Charged with corruption of minors and other offenses related to allegations of inappropriate contact with students

A former teacher at has been arrested and charged with several offenses related to allegations that he had inappropriate contact with two school students prior to his retirement.

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 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 in the district court at 653 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell.

PAposter March 04, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Are you under the impression that pedophile are mean, rude, unfriendly types...don't be naive, it's called "the lure", and I'm sure you learned about it in the WSD in elementary school...unless your parents opted-out of the program.
abcde March 04, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I didn't have Dr. G but all my friends who did absolutely adored him! He seemed like the sweetest, most adorable old man. He gave me and my friend a donut.:(
abcde March 04, 2012 at 01:04 AM
He most definitely seemed like it; I don't want to believe that such a "nice" man was capable of such perverted things! I doubt these are the only two victims.
Concerned parent March 04, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I have known Ron Goldberg for years. He taught my now 30 year old daughter, niece and nephew and we have always remained friends with Ron and Carol throughout the former witch hunt and we stand behind them now. Ron is and was one of the most dedicated and compassionate teachers this school has ever had and it pains me to think he must live this nightmare over again. I don't know the details of the new accusation but it sounds eerily like the first accusation that proved to be false, in which he was not only acquitted, but reinstated by WSD.
Jazz Hands March 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Acquittal serves only as a mechanism to certify that one is free from the charge of an offense. It does not speak to guilt or innocence. Overt supporters of Dr Goldberg lend an interesting tone to the argument. While he may be an excellent educator, it does not speak to moral character and personal weaknesses or failings. When lending support, one must be very careful and exercise extreme caution as one is casting aspersions on the victims. In these particular instances, the victims are children. Children are inherently honest creatures who do not concoct such stories for lack of better things to do with their time or out of revenge. Yes, there are instances when the child is wrong. However, in the grand scheme of things, the child typically is not. As a parent, yourself, I should hope that you look at your own role, your own children and place yourself in the position of the victims and her parents. Support all you wish. As with anything, things will develop as the process moves forward. I highly doubt a DA would move to take this to trial without concrete and indisputable fact.
Debra March 04, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I have known Mr Goldberg for many years he is a friend to my family. And i have to say you can never ever say that a person can not do that, You should say i would hope he would never do that. You are slapping the kids in the face that came forth and that is why more people dont speak up.
Daddy March 05, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This is so wrong
Daddy March 05, 2012 at 02:51 PM
He was a great man
Daddy March 05, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I hope he can still come to the Drowsy Chaperone
ARBEE March 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Trust but verify. What if the child in question was yours? What if the accused teacher is your family member? There is pain on all sides. So lets stay calm and find out the truth. If the adult did this he needs help and has to face the consequences, if the allegations are false, the child is screaming for help, and needs help in either case. Let's find out the facts and then do what we need to for the benefit of the children. ARBEE
Anthony March 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Not only was this man my sixth grade teacher back nine-eight years ago, but I also happened to be in the same class in which the original molestation "incident" occured. As someone who was struggling to adapt to the middle school system, Dr. Goldberg's lively, old school nature and his penchant for sharing hysterical stories from his youth was the sole source of comfort I could grasp on. The following confusion surrounding the charges broke my heart not just because I lost a friend, but due to the cruel awakening of how low one can go when driven by greed. Why do I say this? Because that accusation was a lie made for that reason. That girl had also produced a list of other kids who were supposedly touched in the class. One of them was me. This man never touched me, let alone being near a violating spot, and knowing that I was used as a tool to drive him away hurt. I cherished the moments afterwards whenever we were able to stay in touch. Him helping me with my math over the summer. Him being reinstated into the middle school and me coming to visit him. The occasional phone calls we'd have. Finding out he was teaching in the same community college I was attending. Him offering much-needed condolences in regards to the death of my older brother. He and I reminiscing about the good old days and his desire to see my old cartoony drawings. Words cannot express my rage regarding not just Dr. Goldberg's second arrest, but having to wrestle with these emotions again.
Jazz Hands March 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
It's unfortunate that you're wrestling with very unfortunate memories. If, in fact, the girl in question used you as a "tool" to satisfy her greed, then shame on her. That said, don't you find it remotely peculiar that a person who was already suspected of lascivious and inappropriate behavior with children would allow themselves to be in a position where questions would arise yet again? One would think that the first incident would be so traumatic that he would take every measurable precaution to protect a reputation. The amount of rage you feel seething under your skin couldn't compare to the shame a victim must manage on a daily basis for the rest of their lives. The amount of rage you feel could never compare to the feelings of general inadequacy brought about by any form of abusive behavior at the hands of an authority figure or role model. The sad fact of the matter is that Dr Goldberg's temper has long been subject of conversation. He has thrown chairs, chalk and erasers at his students. Dr Goldberg subjected his students to constant ridicule for non-compliance and other tweenage behaviors. You cannot fault anyone for having doubts about a person who conducted himself unprofessionally throughout his career. It couldn't be remotely possible that someone you respected had a side to his personality that you weren't aware of, could it?
Anthony March 06, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Actually, yes. I wasn't able to get to this due to the character limit, but the whole "wrestling emotions/rage" thing doesn't just consist of facing this again but also the return of the inevitable doubt regarding his innocence, which now has more gravity on me since A) Another accusation has come up and B) I'm older. Granted, it is cheapened somewhat due to the immense doubt surrounding the first incident (at least from my perspective), but it's still there. The point of my post wasn't to deny "shame overtakes rage", but was rather a long way of saying "God, does it suck that I have to deal with this again." An earlier post said there's pain on both sides, which is really the only general way to address this. Obviously it's painful for me to imagine what Dr. Goldberg may be going through right now, but the trials and tribulations of the other side can't be ignored regardless of what actually happened and that means I have to face the possible reality of there being another facet to him I was not aware of. Having given much thought over this for the past few hours, I've realized that unfortunately my personal objections don't matter here. Whether this is the truth or a fabrication is up for the law to decide, and since I'm no longer directly involved it's something I have to put on the backburner. The best thing for me to do is just hope for a proper resolution, and should that not be the one I want to happen, then at least I still possess memories of someone I loved.
Anthony March 06, 2012 at 05:01 AM
"He has thrown chairs, chalk and erasers at his students." This I am not familiar with. Back when he was with us, the only thing he did was smack a long stick on a table to keep kids quiet. I doubt you would make something like this up just to prove a point, but what exactly happened here?
MayMay March 07, 2012 at 05:40 AM
As a female who had Dr. G for two classes in '00-'01 I don't ever recall him having a temper. He did occasionally hit a long pointer stick on a desk to get kids to quiet down but I don't believe any of my peers found this as hostile or threatening. He did bribe us with Coke's and the occasional food prize, but that type of incentive works for sixth graders. He rewarded quality work. Due to the outcome of the previous incident, where the allegations were found to be false and he was reinstated, I would like to believe that this may be a similar lie told from a troubled student. However, I will just have to wait and see what crimes, if any, he is ultimately convicted of. Regardless of his questionable moral character, I still believe he was a fine educator and will remember the many things he helped me learn.
Miracle Mets March 07, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Please understand that pedophiles aren't usually creepy guys in dirty raincoats, they're generally friendly and well-liked. They work hard to gain their victims' trust and put themselves above suspicion. As for the accusers, pedophiles often choose "troubled" children as victims, since they lack credibility when accusing popular, respected authority figures. Be careful when casting aspersions on children who make abuse allegations- they may be "troubled" for a reason.
chris March 08, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I had Dr.Goldberg in school. He is a great teacher an exelant rule model. He helped me through school and shaped me to who I am now. If not for him I would probably dropped out of school and never made it to who I am today. So I just have to say these charges against Ron are BS. I known him for years, and why did the girl not report it in 2004. Something doesn't add up here and I'm on Ron's side.
JCREILLY March 08, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I currently have (or had) him as a teacher at the Community College. He always told stories of kids he used to teach, but nothing ever like this. It's a shock that someone who seemed so caring and genuine would do this. He talked about bad students in his old classes, and how they see him sometimes with a follow up of something like "it's funny how things come to bite you back in the butt". Yeah, it is.
Sang Hwang March 12, 2012 at 04:56 AM
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I WAS IN THAT SCHOOL YEAR, AND READING THAT LINE "Goldberg touched [the student's] breasts, butt, and put his hand near her vagina during class hours" i was in his class, IF he ever did such thing, DURING CLASS HOUR, WHY DIDNT ANYONE SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT? -_- ANYTHING!! HE WAS THE BEST TEACHER EVER, THESE RETARDED GIRLS WANT MONEY FOR THIS REPORT, THATS WHAT THEY WANT -_-
Sang Hwang March 12, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Jazz Hands March 12, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Your comment is inappropriate and your vocabulary is limited. Didn't anyone teach you not to call people "retarded?" Way to represent a Wissahickon education.
Jazz feet March 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I am a former student of Dr. Goldberg and I have never experienced him "throwing chairs, chalk and erasers at his students." That is a false accusation and a complete lie. He has never had a temper problem in the year I had him as a teacher. Not only did he not have a temper problem my year but my dad and siblings also had him as a teacher did not recall any of that kind of behavior. I think that people are blowing this situation way out of proportion and making it into a bigger deal than it is by coming up with complete BS.
Jazz Hands March 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM
The logical extension of your comment ("I have never experienced...") would be that the Civil War is a false accusation and a complete lie as I highly doubt that you're old enough to have experienced that first hand. Dr. Goldberg did, in fact, lob chairs, chalk, erasers and other projectiles at students. Read any alumni page from circa 1990 and before. It's common knowledge and some of the kids I grew up with dreaded being assigned to his class based solely on that behavior. Furthermore, I had a sibling who had him back in the 70s and the chalk and chairs tales are tame in comparison to what he experienced. To your comment about people making it into a bigger deal than it is - your response is awfully emotional. Maybe you need to look in the mirror. Right now, there are two girls who feel violated by this man's actions. Under the law of the land, he is innocent until proven otherwise. That said, it doesn't give you or anyone else the right to speak poorly of the accusers, call BS on the experiences of others and demand that the entire world live within your narrow (and incredibly pitiful) frame of reference. There's more to the world than the school district and the people you know. It should also be noted that Jerry Sundusky has friends and supporters, too.
ElizabethMA March 25, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Well, your kids never had him, which means you never really knew him. Your opinion is only based upon others. Those people that influenced you to come up with your idea could have also been influenced by false rumors. And hey, you said you have kids, so I suppose you are an adult. Haven't your parents taught you not to judge a person by their appearances? I think not. Your critizing sets off a barbaric example of your behavior to your children. So unless you have proof to call him what you believe he is, go jump in a hole and stop spitting out naive rumors because you don't know whether this case is true or not. Callow people always do want to put their noses in businesses that do not have anything to do with them . . .
Jane Doe April 10, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Is there a follow-up on this story?
Leann Pettit April 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
There have been two preliminary hearings scheduled for this case, but both have been continued. The most recent was continued and a new date and time was not set.
Jazz Hands April 11, 2012 at 12:21 AM
@Leeann - If I understand correctly, the preliminary hearing had been continued and scheduled for April 5th. As of today, the docket sheet on Pennsylvania UJS' website has not been updated. Would you happen to know if this took place?
Leann Pettit April 11, 2012 at 01:44 AM
That's correct, the original hearing was continued and schduled for April 5. That hearing was also continued, but the date nad time for the new hearing has not been scheduled yet.
Jane Doe May 24, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Is there a follow-up to this? Did the hearing take place yesterday as posted on the docket?
123 August 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I had him as a sat tutor and from the minute i met him i thought he was creepy. He was always calling me beautiful. It was just weird. I was not surprised at all when I heard about this. He is such a creep.


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