Police: Akron teacher Richard Rudman played 'truth or dare' with 12-year-old to get her nude photos

AKRON, Ohio - An Akron Catholic school teacher was sentenced to 59 months in prison March 5 for the possession of nude photos of a 12-year-old student and child pornography.

The 43-year-old St. Mary's teacher was reported to police in July 2013 after the victim’s mother found inappropriate conversations between her child and the teacher on social media websites.

Richard Rudman, according to court documents, requested photos from the student through Facebook chats. He then kept the photos in a file folder to his USB drive.

"We teach our kids to go to the teacher and talk to the teacher," said Stephanie, the victim's mother. "If something's going on at home, they talk to the teacher. If something's going on in school go talk to your teacher about it," she said.

"He was one of her best teachers and he wooed her and he groomed her."

The 12-year-old was using Facebook under a fake name and account. She also admitted that she and Rudman would have private conversations daily, starting in January 2013.

The teacher then requested "private area" photos from the minor during a game of "truth or dare." The female responded with several photos of herself.

Rudman was arrested July 31, 2013 by the Akron Police Department.

During the initial interview with police, Rudman admitted to having the 12-year-old as a student in his classroom for the past two years.

Rudman also told police he blocked communication with the student after conversations turned sexual. Police proved this allegation to be false.

During the search of Rudman’s home, police discovered multiple files of child pornography on his personal computer and USB drive.

Rudman was admitted to the Lorain County Correctional Institute March 13, 2014. He was charged with pandering obscenity and pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.

The Catholic teacher was sentenced to 4 years and 11 months in prison by Summit County Judge Lynne Callahan.

However, the victim's family worries his sentence could be reduced and Rudman let out early on parole.

"You can do six months and get out," said Jerri. "That's ridiculous."

They want parents to know when it comes to kids and computers be a parent, be nosey.

"There's child safety locks you can put on certain things that they get in. You just can't trust anybody and you really have to watch your children," said her sister.

 

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