Who is Elisabeth Bredemeier? Ex-volleyball coach arrested for sexually assaulting teen player
CHESTERFIELD, VIRGINIA: A former volleyball coach at a high school in Chesterfield, Virginia has been arrested for alleged sexual assault on a teenage girl, 17, who happened to be a player on her team. Elisabeth R Bredemeier reportedly assaulted the student outside the school grounds. She was reported to the police by the victim's family. The 21-year-old has been charged by the police for taking indecent liberties with a child by custodian and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Incidents of school teachers sexually exploiting minor students have spiked up across the country in recent months. In May 2021, 29-year-old Ohio teacher Christina Sosbe was sentenced to prison for having sex with two teenage boys in a hotel room. Another 31-year-old teacher from Oregon, Lisa DeFluri, received a prison sentence of seven years for performing oral sex on an underage female student. In June, Math teacher Chad Alan Craghead from Missouri was arrested for tricking minor girls to send him nude photographs.
Who is Elisabeth Bredemeier?
The accusation against Elisabeth Bredemeier comes as a shock to many especially since she hosted a podcast about surviving trauma. Titled 'Let's Talk Trauma', the podcast is dedicated to people dealing with shocking past ordeals. According to its description on Apple, Bredemeier's podcast "is meant to be an open space to talk about and listen to people’s traumatic experiences."
Bredemeier, a resident of Powhatan, was a former volleyball coach at the Richmond Christian School. Following her arrest, the school authority issued a statement regarding the incident, saying, "We are deeply disturbed by the allegations; we take these developments and their potential impact on our community very seriously; and we are cooperating with authorities. Child safety, education and development are paramount here at RCS."
The school further clarified that Bredemeier was no longer a teacher there. However, it is still unclear whether she left on her own accords or terminated under any circumstances. Her victim is known to be in a custodial relationship with a guardian.
Meanwhile, the Chesterfield County Police Department has urged people to come forward if they have any information on the case. The officials can be contacted at 804-748-1251.