Diamond Bar man accused of molesting students takes plea deal

A Diamond Bar man accused of molesting two students while he was a teacher at Foster Elementary School in Compton accepted a plea deal Tuesday.

Ronald Sture Hoppe, 46, pleaded no contest to two felony counts of lewd acts on a child and two amended counts of misdemeanor lewd conduct, said Deputy District Attorney Adrian Roxas in a statement.

Jury selection was set to begin for his retrial when he entered the plea. Hoppe’s 2010 trial ended in a mistrial.

Roxas said Hoppe was originally charged with molesting three students, but charges were dropped involving the third girl.

Hoppe groped one of the victims during the 2005-2006 school year and the second girl the following year.

As part of the plea bargain, he agreed to complete 52 weeks of sex offender classes. He is barred from having any contact with children other than his family members. He also cannot work at a school or any type of business involving children.

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