A former elementary school teacher at a US Army base has been convicted of sexually abusing four students.
German Stephen Zappe taught first through third grade at Patch Elementary School at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany.
Zappi was investigated in 2020 when a former student reported that Zappe touched him inappropriately in 2010.
Former elementary school teacher charged with child sexual abuse https://t.co/56M6MZ4yF3
— Crime Division (@DOJCrimDiv) January 19, 2023
The DOJ added more details about the crime:
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Investigators interviewed four of Jappe’s former students who reported that Jappe put his hand inside their underwear and touched their genitalia. Other students and faculty at Patch Elementary said Jappe often hugged students, sat them on his lap and touched their backs and stomachs under their clothes. The victims were between six and eight years old at the time of the sexual assault.
Zappi was eventually convicted of four counts of abusive sexual contact and four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
He will be sentenced on May 2 and faces a minimum of 30 years behind bars.
Before being sentenced, Jappe worked for the Department of Defense Educational Activities (DODEA) for 20 years.
Having been employed by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) for over 20 years..https://t.co/cKasfg6Eb0 pic.twitter.com/N1zkc0PrPl
— Jaebel (@jaeb3ll) January 21, 2023
DODEA’s website was reportedly down after Zappe’s sentencing.
Fox News previously reported that DODEA’s libraries contained several books that discussed sex aphrodisiacs and contained information on sex apps.