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
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
Brown, James V. 27 instrumental music teacher / summer day care provider for a 9-year-old boy Central City Community School District Linn 2000 Criminal sexual offenses "The boy came forward in May of 1998 and told his mother that Brown had done 'nasty things' to him, including performing oral sex and sodomy and making him look at pornographic pictures on the computer." Revocation click here click here
Colsch, Daniel 26 science teacher Mount Vernon Community School District Linn 2001 Telephone dissemination of obscene material "As they continued e-mail chats over the next month, 'Conan Dan 25' started making comments about the girl having a nice body and started asking sexually oriented questions, the court document said. At one point, the [15-year-old] girl said she was asked to come to his office at school and perform a sex act, according to the document." Revocation click here click here
Dunkirk, Lindsay K. 26 girls tennis coach Xavier High School (Cedar Rapids) Linn 2014 Sexual involvement or indecent, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent commenced a relationship with a student that exceeded the boundaries of a teacher/student relationship. The student reported that the relationship began as a friendship and became intimate. Respondent called and texted the student on multiple occasions, and invited the student to her home. Respondent presented the student with several gifts over the course of their relationship. Respondent and the student stayed in a hotel room together on a college campus visit." Revocation click here click here
Garoutte, Michael W. 47 industrial technology teacher Linn-Mar Community School District Linn 2000 Criminal sexual offenses "charged with third-degree sexual abuse on suspicion of engaging in a sex act with a 15-year-old male student at Linn-Mar Middle School" Revocation click here click here
Goldstein, Gary 47 government teacher Cedar Rapids Community School District (Washington High School) Linn 1993 Sexual involvement or indecent "sexual involvement with a student" 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
Jurgensen, Jim/James L. 40 unknown Cedar Rapids Community School District Linn 2003 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor From IBEE: "Complaint: Sexual contact/abuse & E-mail" Revocation click here click here
Lamansky, Ross A. 52 math teacher / girls softball and basketball coach Urbana Community School District Linn 1988 Criminal sexual offenses; Sexual involvement or indecent "numerous complaints that Respondent had touched female students and team participants on the breasts, buttocks and inner thighs...made sexually suggestive comments to several girls" Revocation click here click here
Lindsey, Gary C. 56 music teacher Cedar Rapids Community School District Linn 2004 Sexual involvement or indecent "The trial revealed that Lindsey had been forced out of his first teaching job in Oelwein in 1964 after admitting he'd fondled a fifth grader's breast. 'I guess it was just lust of the flesh,' Lindsey told his superintendent. Lindsey taught in Cedar Rapids schools from 1972 through 1995, according to Gazette archives...That past, according to court transcripts, included abuse accusations from a half-dozen more girls and their parents, along with reprimands from principals that were filed away, explained away and ultimately ignored until 1995, when allegations from Bramow and two other girls forced Lindsey's early retirement. Even then, he kept his teaching license until the Bramows filed a complaint with the state. He was never charged criminally." Revocation click here click here
Sheldon, Christopher 20 assistant wrestling coach Cedar Rapids Community School District (Kennedy High School) Linn 2010 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Christopher Sheldon admitted to sending text messages of a sexual nature to two female students in February 2009" 10-year suspension click here click here
Simmons, David 29 science teacher Cedar Rapids Community School District Linn 2000 Criminal sexual offenses "convicted of unlawfully engaging in sex with a 14-year-old [girl]...and a 15-year-old girl" "The younger girl testified about how e-mail exchanges with Simmons evolved into a sexual relationship. She testified that she and Simmons had sex five times in an equipment room off the wrestling room at Jefferson. The older girl testified about a year-and-a-half sexual relationship she had with Simmons, saying the two had sex at school and each other's homes." Revocation click here click here
Stauffer, David R. 29 science teacher Cedar Rapids Community School District (Washington High School) Linn 1998 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Stauffer, 30, had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old female student, board documents state. The relationship included writing romantic e-mail messages to the student, chatting on the Internet and frequent private conversations. No sexual relationship is alleged." 1-year suspension click here click here
Thompson, Eric M. 38 high school social studies teacher Cedar Rapids Community School District Linn 2011 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "the student came to Respondent's residence on three occasions, Respondent and the student hugged and kissed on three occasions, and Respondent exchanged emails with the student that were inappropriate for a teacher-student relationship" 5-year suspension click here click here
Topping, Steve 25 science teacher / football assistant coach, baseball assistant coach and girls' basketball assistant coach Cedar Rapids Community School District (Washington High School) Linn 1992 Sexual involvement or indecent "McKenzee Ross, 18, claims that while she was a minor, teacher Steve Topping, 28, repeatedly engaged in oral sex and intercourse with her between March 25, 1990, and June 1, 1991." Revocation click here click here
Widdel, Joel Alan 43 special education teacher, 4th grade through 7th grade Central City Community School District Linn 1991 Criminal sexual offenses IBEE document: "unprofessional conduct regarding students"; Gazette: "state charges of lascivious conduct with a minor were filed against Widdel. It was claimed he had used a hidden camera to videotape three Central City girls disrobing at a weigh-in for a [community] weightlifting contest...a videotape was seized from him that showed three girls disrobed, and in which he is shown and heard on tape instructing them to take off all their clothes. At one point on the tape, Widdel is shown alone with his penis exposed, the [criminal complaint] states" Revocation click here click here