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Ronald Culver, Teacher Accused Of Sex Abuse, Attacked By Victim's Relative

01/24/2011 08:22 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A former high school teacher charged with sexually abusing two students was attacked in his home in Chicago's northwest suburbs by a relative of one of his alleged victims.

Ronald Culver, age 51, was a popular English and drama teacher at Lake Zurich High School before his resignation in October of last year amid investigations that he molested students. He has been charged with 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse in the case.

Last Tuesday, Culver answered the door to his home to find a man who is apparently the father of one of the students in the case against him.

"He started screaming, 'You're a child molester! You ruined my child's life!'," Inverness Police Chief Bob Haas told the suburban Daily Herald newspaper.

The man, who is not being named to protect the identity of the student, pushed Culver into his house and drew a pistol from his sweatshirt. When Culver tried to speak, he jammed the pistol into his mouth, according to the Chicago Tribune; he then struck Culver in the head with the gun.

Paramedics treated Culver for a minor cut on his head as a result of the attack. The man who struck him left without further incident, turned himself into the police, and surrendered his gun, which he said was unloaded at the time of the attack.

He was charged with felony home invasion, a crime that carries a mandatory sentence of 6 to thirty years in prison. Culver faces three to seven years for the ten counts of abuse.

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