CRESCO – A teacher at Howard-Winneshiek Schools formerly employed at Charles City Schools has been arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with a male student.
Tiffany Marie Ranweiler-Oblander, 29, of Decorah, was arrested Friday for felony sexual exploitation by a school employee. She has been placed on administrative leave, but is no longer listed in the school district's staff list online.
Court documents said that according to video interviews, “the student and Tiffany engaged in sexual conduct at the student’s residence.” Police said the four incidents happened between March and April at the student's home in Lime Springs, according to court records.
The Howard County Sheriff’s Office took on a case as a referral from the Cresco Police Department May 3, court documents said. A deputy received a cell phone belonging to the student as evidence, as well as a USB with recorded interviews, a report by Cresco police and a signed statement from the student.
Ranweiler-Oblander's bond was set at $5,000, which she posted May 4. According to an "emergency motion to modify and reduce bond," she is married and has "significant ties" to the community.
Her attorneys asked the court for her to be released on her own recognizance -- or, without paying bond -- or reduce the bond amount to 10 percent of $5,000, saying "the evidence is based solely on hearsay at this point," according to court documents.
A judge denied that motion, keeping bond at $5,000.
Prosecution resisted the bond reduction, claiming that Ranweiler-Oblander is a flight risk, has no substantial ties to Howard County and would be a risk to the community if released. “The evidence of this case is not based on hearsay,” prosecutors noted in court documents.
Ranweiler-Oblander was ordered to have no contact with the student, and to contact the Department of Correctional Services 72 hours after being released from jail.
She has entered a written plea of not guilty and is scheduled to appear in Howard County District Court May 14.
Ranweiler-Oblander was previously employed as a eighth-grade English teacher at Charles City Middle School, according to the school district's website. At that time, her name was Tiffany Ranweiler.
According to a blog she set up while teaching in Charles City, Ranweiler-Oblander grew up in Minnesota and finished undergraduate and graduate work at Minnesota State University in Mankato.