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HENNESSEY, Okla. — A former Hennessey Public Schools coach and teacher was arrested and charged last week after being investigated for a sexually inappropriate relationship with a student. 

Ronald Joseph Ramer, former girls basketball and volleyball coach at Hennessey High School, was arrested Thursday on complaints of felony sexual battery and use of a technology to communicate with a minor for sexual or prurient interest. He also appeared in Kingfisher County District Court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to online court records.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation began looking into allegations Dec. 3 that Ramer was having an inappropriate relationship with a Hennessey High School student.

The OSBI investigation found the victim met Ramer in July when she was on the volleyball team and he was volleyball coach, and maintained a normal student-coach relationship until the victim received a private Facebook message from Ramer Oct. 27, according to court documents.

“The messaging escalated into a relationship that crossed the coach/student line,” according to the arrest affidavit from Kingfisher County, and Ramer continued to compliment the victim’s appearance, personality and smile at all hours of the day and night. 

The messaging included topics of love and a relationship between Ramer and the victim, and the affidavit states Ramer repeatedly told the victim he loved her, dreamed about her and “looked forward to spending time with her.”

The girl told OSBI investigators Ramer physically touched, hugged and kissed her on the neck, cheek and lips, according to the affidavit. There were at least four times when Ramer arranged and instructed the victim to meet him away from school and outside of school functions, according to the affidavit. 

OSBI issued search warrants for Ramer’s house and cell phone. The affidavit states Ramer did not come to his residence for the execution of the search warrant, and told an OSBI special agent he had thrown his phone out of his truck window the night before, and didn’t remember where he had lost it.

Ramer resigned from his position with HPS on Dec. 3, and his resignation was approved by the HPS Board of Education Dec. 7. 

Ramer had started as the girls basketball coach in June after the resignation of former girls basketball coach Marty McBride in March 2015. 

Ramer posted a $5,000 bond Thursday and will appear in court at 1:30 p.m. March 31. 

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Asher is education reporter for the News & Eagle. She can be reached at sasher@enidnews.com.

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