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Ex-elementary teacher pleads not guilty to sex assaults

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Ryan Robert Raths is charged with four counts of felony sexual assault. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Ryan Robert Raths is charged with four counts of felony sexual assault. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A former elementary school teacher in Glendale pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting two women he met on the internet.

Ryan Robert Raths, 40, of Glendale, was arrested Nov. 21, the day after his birthday, by Glendale police. He was charged with four counts of felony sexual assault, according to the Glendale Police Department.

Raths, a former teacher in the Washington Elementary School District, entered his plea Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court. His next scheduled court appearance is Jan. 16.

Raths was listed on the website of Kachina Elementary School in the Peoria Unified School District as a sixth-grade teacher through March 2013.

He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman Sept. 27, 2004, in an apartment where she went to meet him to get a copy of an album by a band with which he played, according to a court document.

Almost three years later, a 29-year-old woman who had moved to the Valley from California told police she met Raths on MySpace.com and agreed to go out with him for drinks on Oct. 16, 2007, according to the document.

She said she then agreed to go with Raths from the bar to his apartment in the early morning hours the next day to watch television, but that Raths sexually assaulted her.

The case went cold because Glendale police said they could not get ahold of the victim.

One of the victims informed Glendale detectives of her story while they were working an unrelated case in California.

Detectives said her description matched the details of the other case, leading them to Raths.

Investigators also interviewed a number of woman who said they had relations with Raths and all told similar stories: that he coerced them into sex and was very rough and aggressive with them.

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