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Bloomington Man Charged with Sexual Assault of 8-Year-Old Girl

A Bloomington man has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual assault after molesting two girls who played for a youth sports team that the offender coached.

Randy Lee Ronning, 36, was charged last week with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault after a witness saw Ronning inappropriately touching a young girl at a Bloomington Days Inn. (Star Tribune)

Ronning also allegedly assaulted another girl on the team at the hotel. The girls were aged nine and 10.

Ronning had been babysitting the girl, who was part of a floor hockey team he helped coach in early 2008. The team, which was comprised of girls aged eight to 10, was part of the Bloomington Athletic Association (BAA), an organization that Ronning had coached for since 2006 when he was a softball volunteer coach. (Pioneer Press)

According to the Star Tribune, the BAA said it did not go a background check on Ronning, who had been convicted in 1992 of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct in Hennepin County.

Bloomington Police have since requested the rosters of teams Ronning’s had coached in the past, as well as have sent letters to the families so that they are aware of the incident. (Pioneer Press)

Ronning had been hired in June 1999 by the Bloomington public schools system as a school bus aide.

Though the sexual assault conviction had been on Ronnings’ record since 1992, his conviction “slipped by,” said Bloomington Schools spokesman, Rick Kaufman. (Star Tribune)

“Had that conviction shown up, I can guarantee you he would not have been hired to work in the district,” Kaufman said. (Star Tribune)

Instead, Kaufman said that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension performs the school’s background checks and that no offenses by Ronning were found at that time.

Police said they would continue to work with the BAA to ensure that background checks are made on its employers and volunteer staff members.

Ronning is being held in the Hennepin County jail Thursday in lieu of $150, 000 bail and is unavailable for comment.