Educator Relationship Misconduct Database

Educator Relationship Misconduct Database

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Educators accused and disciplined by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for relationship misconduct since 1981 and posted on the IBEE website. This dataset includes teachers, coaches and administrators licensed by the State of Iowa. Educator ages represent when alleged incidents occurred, not when educators were disciplined by the State. URLs (viewable by scrolling to the right) are provided for IBEE disciplinary documents and related news accounts, which often provided greater detail than the documents posted by the IBEE.

Name Age Position District County Year Allegation Type Notes Sanction Type Ibee More Info
Antonson, Jennifer Rebecca 34 K-12 special education teacher Sioux City Community School District (West High School) Sioux 2014 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent commenced a relationship with a student that exceeded the boundaries of a teacher/student relationship. Respondent communicated with the student via email and wrote numerous notes to the student. The communications were inappropriate for a teacher to have with a student." Revocation click here click here
Archer, Milton F. 56 government teacher Estherville Community School District (Estherville High School) Emmet 1991 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "I took her by the hand and took her into C Wing, gave her a kiss, she smiled and we passed out into our classes. I do not feel I did anything wrong." 3-year suspension click here click here
Ayers, Leland Dirk 50 high school social studies teacher / basketball coach and volleyball coach New Hampton Community School District Chickasaw 2006 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Ayers found the unidentified girl's profile and sent her a message seeking a sexual relationship, according to records" Revocation click here click here
Bekkerus, Perry C. 48 music teacher Denison Community School District Crawford 2016 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent exchanged messages of a personal nature with a 14-year-old incoming freshman student on Facebook at 2 a.m. In addition, the investigation revealed that Respondent inappropriately used his school-issued email account. Respondent denies the allegations but agrees to this settlement" Reprimand and 18-month license suspension click here click here
Benford, Kevin 50 vocal music teacher--show choir director Cedar Rapids Community School District (Kennedy High School) Linn 2006 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "during the 2003-2004 school year, Respondent engaged in an inappropriate relationship and inappropriate contact with a student by engaging in personal conversation via instant messaging, entertaining the student in the evening without parental consent, and inappropriately touching the student." Suspension click here click here
Berg, Sean 24 general music teacher, choral director Dowling Catholic High School Polk 1998 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent admitted kissing the student on the lips while engaged in a passionate embrace" Revocation click here click here
Christianson, Steven Alan 57 high school Spanish teacher Mason City Community School District Cerro Gordo 2013 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent commenced a relationship with a student that exceeded the boundaries of an appropriate teacher/student relationship. Respondent and the student communicated via Facebook, text message, and in person. The conversations were inappropriate for a teacher to have with a student. The contact continued after Respondent had been asked to cease contact with the student. Additionally, Respondent made inappropriate physical contact with a student" Revocation click here click here
Churchman, Layton Douglas "Doug" 43 vocal music teacher--choir director Southeast Polk Community School District Polk 2008 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship Details unknown Revocation click here click here
Cord, James R. Jr. 25 high school instrumental music teacher Ogden Community School District Boone 2002 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "the record suggests that the Respondent was initially motivated by a genuine concert for [student initials] and a desire to get her professional help for her personal problems. However, the Respondent obviously lost sight of his professional responsibility as a licensed teacher and allowed his legitimate concern to develop into an inappropriate and misguided romantic relationship with the student" Revocation click here click here
Demmer, Jacquelyn 30 counselor Archdiocese of Dubuque (Don Bosco Catholic High School) Black Hawk 2016 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent engaged in grooming behavior, giving the student a personal check for $150 to buy a prom dress, buying the student two pairs of earrings, and also giving the student a pair of shoes. Respondent did not similarly buy gifts for other students... Respondent purchased Melatonin, an over-the-counter sleep medication, for the student... Respondent believed the student was being abuse but failed to file a child abuse report with the Department of Human Services." 3-year suspension click here click here
Dulberg, Jason 42 high school girls' soccer coach Missouri Valley Community School District Harrison 2013 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent commenced a relationship with a student that exceeded the boundaries of an appropriate coach/student athlete relationship. Respondent and the student athlete communicated via text and cell phone. Respondent took the student athlete on an overnight trip out of state." Revocation click here click here
Elliott, Troy Douglas 32 high school mathematics teacher / head football coach Malcolm Price Laboratory School (UNI) Black Hawk 2014 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "The investigation revealed that Respondent had relationships that were beyond the bounds of appropriate teacher-student relationships. Respondent contacted students via phone and Facebook, tutored students while on administrative leave, and had students over to his home. Respondent provided alcohol to students at his home." 3-year suspension click here click here
Ewinger, Kyle Thomas 37 middle school social studies teacher / high school football coach Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District (Middle School) Osceola 2016 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship The superintendent "found Ewinger asleep in his classroom with a student on the morning of Oct. 3...Ewinger said 'It was a circumstance where I did not know what to do with the child or know what was I supposed to do. He’s been in our care with mom, with grandma and with us, for the previous three months' " Revocation click here click here
Fischer, Seth David 25 industrial technology teacher Fort Dodge Community School District Webster 2014 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "An investigation uncovered that Respondent engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student, sent numerous electronic messages to the student, and solicited a romantic relationship with the student during the 2012-2013 school year." 5-year suspension click here click here
Freeman, Kevin 41 substitute teacher Council Bluffs Community School District Pottawattamie 2013 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "An investigation revealed that in 2012, Respondent engaged in inappropriate electronic conversations with a student he met while employed as a substitute teacher for the Council Bluffs school system." 6-month suspension click here click here
Graziano, Henry Robert "Rocky" 54 language arts teacher, literary magazine / assistant boys' track coach West Des Moines Community School District (Valley High School) Polk 2011 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "During the 2008-2009 school year, Respondent commenced a relationship with a student that was inappropriate for a teacher and student. The teacher and student communicated via email and text message on hundreds of occasions. The electronic communications were personal in nature. The teacher and student would meet outside of the school for coffee and/or conversation. Five months after the student's graduation, Respondent and the student had a sexual relationship."| "In July 2010...the student's father caught Respondent and his daughter having sex" Revocation click here click here
Guerrero, Nicole 27 Spanish teacher Xavier High School (Cedar Rapids) Linn 2009 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "preponderance of the evidence established that Respondent...solicited and encouraged an inappropriately personal relationship with student #2 through emails, text messages and other personal contacts and when she failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with the student" 3-year suspension click here click here
Hamm, Joseph 41 music teacher Iowa City Community School District (Northwest Junior High, Coralville) Johnson 1996 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Joseph E. Hamm, 47, a music teacher at Center High School in Kansas City, was charged Tuesday with four counts of elementary sodomy, one count of forcible sodomy, kidnapping, possession of child pornography, furnishing pornographic material to a minor and sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure. Hamm is accused of kidnapping and sexually molesting the boy and bringing the boy to Hamm's Kansas City home several times....[Hamm] was a music teacher at Northwest Junior High, was placed on one year of probation after filing an Alford plea in Johnson County District Court to a charge of sexual harassment. He was accused of making sexual advances toward a 14-year-old girl at the school and resigned from his teaching job in Coralville in 1996." Reprimand click here click here
Hecox, Scott William 26 physical education teacher Malvern Community School District Mills 2004 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "school officials confronted him regarding allegations of a sexual relationship he was having with a 17-year-old senior at the high school last year. The allegations considered by the school board also included Hecox supplying the senior with alcohol and writing her love letters." Revocation click here click here
Henning, Justin Robert 26 high school industrial technology teacher Mediapolis Community School District Des Moines 2010 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Des Moines County Sheriff's authorities found a 17-year-old girl inside the teacher's car at the time of his [OWI] arrest. The teen, authorities said, is a Mediapolis High School student." 2-year suspension click here click here
Klopp, John Phillip 48 high school band music teacher Durant Community School District (high school) Cedar 2007 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Klopp was convicted last spring of sexual exploitation" Revocation click here click here
Krzyczkowski, Sara 28 8th grade social studies teacher West Des Moines Community School District (Valley High School) Polk 2015 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent began a close relationship with 'Student A' in the summer before the 2008-2009 school year when student was a senior in high school. Respondent, a junior high teacher, did not have Student A in her class or building, but taught her in junior high years earlier. Respondent and Student both described their relationship at that time as a mentor and mentee; however, the relationship exceeded the boundaries of an appropriate teacher-student relationship because it was overly close." 1-year suspension click here click here
Liggett, Daniel D. 34 physical education teacher Council Bluffs Community School District (Thomas Jefferson High School) Pottawattamie 2016 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent became aware that a fellow teacher and female student were having an inappropriate relationship. Respondent did not report that relationship to the district authorities or legal authorities. Investigation also revealed inappropriate twitter communications between the Repondent and the student, which contained sexual innuendo, as well as grooming behavior on Respondent's part." 5-month suspension click here click here
Lindseth, Steven Daniel 23 teacher (social science endorsements, coaching authorization) Sioux Central Community School District Buena Vista 2010 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "allegedly had inappropriate contact with a female student at his home" Revocation click here click here
Lyle, William Wayne "Bill" 50 teacher / coach Sioux City Community School District (West High School) Woodbury 2010 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "two former students told them Lyle had molested them when they attended West High School in the late 1970s and early 1980s" Revocation click here click here
McCoy, Austin Lycurgus 23 secondary special education teacher / activity sponsor for football, basketball, track and baseball Seymour Community School District Wayne 2013 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent commenced a relationship with a student that exceeded the boundaries of an appropriate teacher/student relationship" Reprimand click here click here
McNamar, Thomas J. 45 band music teacher WACO Community School District Henry 2016 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent exchanged numerous text messages with a student while Respondent was intoxicated. The subject matter of the text messages exceeded the appropriate boundaries of teacher-student interaction." 2-year suspension click here click here
Neff, Michael Glen 43 substitute teacher Waterloo Community School District (Columbus High School) Black Hawk 1991 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "[Neff] readily conceded that he had touched the student, kissed her, shared certain passages of erotic literature with her and acknowledged these could be misunderstood by a teenage student." Revocation click here click here
Norton, Kyle D. 23 head football coach and co-ed track coach Clarksville Community School District Butler 2011 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent sent numerous text messages to several female students. The text messages were of a personal nature and included a comment regarding a student's physical appearance." 3-year suspension click here click here
O'Brien, Austin 20 middle school football coach Cardinal Community School District Wapello 2013 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "The investigation revealed that Respondent had a romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship with a high school senior from another school district." Reprimand click here click here