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Akron family questions quiet handling of case against schoolteacher convicted of sex offenses

To the 12-year-old Akron girl’s family, what happened and the hush that surrounds it are too much like the Catholic priest child-abuse scandal of recent years.

Although Richard Rudman was not a priest, he was a sixth-grade teacher at St. Mary’s elementary school. He’s now a convicted sex offender after pleading guilty this month to child-pornography charges.

An Akron police investigation found that he befriended the 12-year-old girl who he once taught and eventually coerced her into sending him several nude photographs of herself.

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