A former elementary school teacher on a US Army base has been convicted of sexually abusing four students.
Stefan Zappey of Germany taught first through third grade at Patch Elementary School which is located on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany.
Zappey was placed under investigation in 2020 when one of his former students reported Zappey touched her inappropriately in 2010.
Former Elementary School Teacher Convicted of Sexually Abusing Children https://t.co/56M6MZ4yF3
— Criminal Division (@DOJCrimDiv) January 19, 2023
The DOJ added more details regarding the crime:
Investigators interviewed four of Zappey’s former students who reported that Zappey placed his hand inside their underwear and touched their genitals. Other students and faculty members of Patch Elementary reported that Zappey frequently hugged students, had them sit 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 abuse.
Zappey was ultimately convicted of four counts of abusive sexual contact and four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
He will be sentenced on May 2nd and faces a minimum of 30 years behind bars.
Prior to being convicted Zappey worked for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) for over 20 years.
While being employed by Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) for 20 years..https://t.co/cKasfg6Eb0 pic.twitter.com/N1zkc0PrPl
— jaebell (@jaeb3ll) January 21, 2023
After Zappey’s conviction the DODEA’s website reportedly went down.
Fox News previously reported DODEA’s libraries consisted of several books that included book that discussed sexual orgies and contained information on sex apps.