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Police: Ex-Teacher Tonya Drueppel, 33, Had Sex With 13-Year-Old ‘Girlfriend’

Posted on | January 30, 2014 | 50 Comments

The headline at the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader:

Former Sioux Falls teacher accused
of raping female student, 14

The headline is misleading because (a) the girl was 13 when the “relationship” began in 2012, and (b) it was “consensual.”

Or, as Whoopi Goldberg might say, “It wasn’t rape-rape.”

The quality of news coverage on this case ranges from confusing to inadequate. Evidently no journalist in Sioux Falls was able to find a mug shot of the accused perp, and the story of the alleged crimes is so badly told that you’d rather they just posted the police affidavit verbatim.

By reading multiple accounts — including those from KSFY-TV and KELO-TV — it’s possible to glean this narrative:

Someone became concerned after seeing Tonya Marie Drueppel together with the 14-year-old girl “in the corner of a bathroom” at the YMCA earlier this month.
On Jan. 22, Sioux Falls police began an investigation after receiving a referral from the Department of Social Services. On Jan. 23, police interviewed the girl at Axtell Park Middle School, where the girl “told officers her relationship with Drueppel was physical between October 2012 and December 2012” when Drueppel was her teacher.
Drueppel, 33, had taught at the school since 2009, but resigned in May 2013 and was employed at a local daycare. Drueppel is a mother of three — two girls, ages 14 and 12, and a boy, 9 — and her husband filed for divorce in March 2013.
On Jan. 24, Drueppel did not show up for work and the girl did not show up for school. Police found them together in a room at the Nites Inn motel, where the girl said they had sex. When police entered the room, Drueppel was in the bathroom trying to hang herself with an electrical cord. According to police, the girl said she had at least five sexual encounters with Drueppel. The girl said “she performed oral sex on Drueppel” and also had sex with her teacher when she spent the night at Drueppel’s house twice. “The victim stated that she kind of looks at (Drueppel) as being her girlfriend. The victim stated that (Drueppel) feels the same way about her.”

An eighth-grade girl with a 33-year-old “girlfriend” — who are we to judge? Drueppel has been charged with three counts of fourth-degree rape and two counts of sexual contact with a child under 16. She is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.



  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

  • Colorado Alex

    The Cult of the Consenting Adult always ends up with very flexible definitions of “consent”, and “adult”.

  • Art Deco

    Whenever I see the name ‘Tonya’ in print, I cannot help but remember this creature:

    You wonder how many people live up or down to the appellation they were graced with by their mother and father.

  • rmnixondeceased

    To leftists consensual is anyone drawing breath with any legal adult. Once this is made legal (and you know it will eventually) bestiality is next in line … along with sexual cannibalism.

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  • Art Deco

    I suspect the gay lobby is jonesing for someone more presentable as a poster boy.

  • M. Thompson

    The prairie isn’t that nice this time of year. Exposure to the elements is an option…

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  • rmnixondeceased

    Or poster girl. Even a cis-female …

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    To defend civilization, we must first recognize that liberals’ war against Western civilization uses three main attack vectors:-Attacking the family-Attacking private property-Attacking Christianity

    The homosexual agenda is a favorite attack vector of cultural marxists because it is effective against Christianity and against the family at the same time.


  • Dana

    If Mrs Drueppel was trying to hang herself when the police arrived, why did they stop her?

  • Dana

    You can find her photo here.

  • ChrisDavis2011

    Join the American’s for Equity in Gender Sentencing

  • ChrisDavis2011

    Looks like she has some pretty stout mustache whiskers on that upper lip. Is she taking shots to be more manly?

  • RS

    I think that’s the Superintendent of Schools.

  • ChrisDavis2011

    Thank you your Hairyness! The American experience is nothing short of long propaganda campaign that would make Edward Bernays proud!

  • RS

    I wonder if there’s sociologist who could tear himself/herself away from proving that evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics are the greatest source of ignorance, repression and psychopathology to examine why there has been a substantial increase in public school teachers boffing their underage students. What, pray tell, might have changed in the last, oh, four to five decades to facilitate this sort of behavior? / sarc

  • RS

    In other words, eliminating anything which competes with the State for an individuals attention and loyalty.

  • MattRoss

    They would likely say that it’s been going on forever, and it was even worse before, but the evil, Christian Patriarchy prevented anyone from knowing. HATER!

  • Michael

    Oh, good. She works at a daycare now. That’s much more reassuring. (/snark)
    On the other hand, we may have just read news from 2034, if you replace Tonya’s name with Caitlyn Hunt.

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    You got it.

    Liberalism, in all its essentials, is a primitive counter-Christian religion.

    Ultimately, this is a religious war.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    You support the right to choose, provided the one getting “terminated” is the one choosing!

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    That video is of the press conference by the School District, I did not see the accused perp’s photo.

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  • Zohydro

    I’m always curious if the middle name of any male perp is “Wayne”…

  • concern00

    …no sign of the apologists yet. Maybe they do have an imaginary line in the sand, a ‘red line’ if you will.

  • beavis

    Sioux Falls Police…not Sioux City….there is a major difference.

  • robertstacymccain


    Fixed it.

  • robertstacymccain

    No, that’s the superintendent, speaking at a press conference.

  • Freddie Sykes

    Life follows art? The earlier version of the Vagina Monologs had a section about a 13 year old girl and her adult female lover. It was edited out after some questioned whether pedophilia would sell in the feminist mainstream..

  • concern00

    “… say if it was rape, it was a good rape …”

    I didn’t realize feminists were into ‘good rape.’ Are men capable of ‘good rape’ or is that just limited to lesbian statutory rape?

  • K-Bob

    Soon they’ll be telling us “Any rape you can walk away from …”


  • Adjoran

    Ah, McCain keeps stirring up trouble in the LGBT paradise . . . This could get nasty.

  • DaTechGuy on DaRadio

    Hey I remember what you used to say about girls tonya

  • DaveO

    $500,000 bond… wow! The judge is actually serious. I wonder what the age of consent is on the local reservation?

  • Zohydro

    Oh, my…

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  • Becca Lower

    After seeing the age of the victim at the time this started — 13– I can’t help but key into this sentence:

    Drueppel is a mother of three — two girls, ages 14 and 12….

  • RKae

    The line gets nudged another inch every day. The new American motto: “Whatever you want, just keep doing it until they give up and make it legal.”

  • Zohydro

    This incident probably won’t escalate to a notable battle in the “culture wars, thanks to a mainstream Christian news site and a number of smaller right-wing blogs…

  • K-Bob

    Heh. “Gender Rights.”

    What next, “Height Rights?”

    “No, damn it! I demand that you treat me as six-foot-eight!”

  • Bob Belvedere

    God help them no matter what investigators discover on the home front.

  • Alessandra

    The last incident involving a Sioux Falls School District employee and a student was in 2010.

    Nicolas Jastorff, a former Patrick Henry Middle School teacher, had repeated sexual contact at school with a 13-year-old girl and exchanged hundreds of text messages with that girl and her 13-year-old friend in 2010. He resigned, his teaching license was revoked, and he was sentenced to 45 years in prison for fourth-degree rape and sexual contact with a child.
    Let’s see what will happen to Tonya. Six months prison sentence?

  • Alessandra

    I think it’s more than time for victims of teacher sexual abuse and exploitation (and perhaps together with their families) to form an organization comparable to SNAP.

  • Alessandra

    Very well noted. I’m so sick and tired of seeing how many perverted women get away with sexual harassment of women or with graver sexual crimes because they so easily hide behind a “married woman” façade (read: everybody automatically believes they must be heterosexual)

  • Dana

    Probably the best “Oh, crap! I have so f(ornicated) up!” expression ever caught on film.

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