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
Chamberlin, Jeremy 32 business teacher / volleyball coach Oskaloosa Community School District Mahaska 2011 Criminal sexual offenses; Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual exploitation of a minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "alleged that Respondent sent numerous inappropriate text messages to a female student...included naked photographs of the Respondent and student...invited the student over to his house. While there...kissing and fondling,,,touched the student's buttocks, and touched the student's breasts" Revocation click here click here
Schmidt, Brandon 31 high school social studies teacher / baseball coach Oskaloosa Community School District Mahaska 2014 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent...communicated with the student on Facebook, exchanged phone numbers with her, repeatedly met with her outside of any school or school sponsored activity setting, invited her to his home, engaged in personal conversations with her, and made plans to initiate a dating relationship as soon as the softball season ended" 3-year suspension click here click here
Graham, Sidney L. 55 administrator--elementary school principal Knoxville Community School District (West Elementary School) Marion 2005 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual exploitation of a minor "they took statements on May 24 from a 9-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy, both West Elementary students, that Graham had taken them camping at Red Rock. While in Graham's camper, they alleged that Graham performed oral sex acts on them and had them perform oral sex acts on each other" Revocation click here click here
Thompson, Benjamin James 27 music teacher (assistant band director) Pella Community School District (High School) Marion 2016 Not specified "Authorities say Thompson had been talking on the phone, texting and Skyping images of a sexual nature with the [15-year-old] girl and eventually drove to Charles City to meet her, picking her up in his vehicle on three different occasions in and driving to remote areas of Floyd County to have sex with her." Revocation click here click here
Barth, Dan Francis 38 teacher / band director Knoxville Community School District Marion 2002 Sexual involvement or indecent "engaged in a sexual relationship with a female student, which began while she was a senior in high school...the student told the investigator that...they had engaged in kissing and sex at school" Revocation click here click here
O'Connor, Jay 32 teacher / coach Melcher-Dallas Community School District Marion 2000 Criminal sexual offenses "a complaint by a 15-year-old baby sitter and her mother led authorities to obtain a search warrant that enabled sheriffs officials to find the tape. It allegedly depicts the girl, naked, in a bathroom." Revocation click here click here
Bennett, David L. 40 science teacher / coach Melcher-Dallas Community School District Marion 2012 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "On November 11, 2010, Respondent touched a student's inner thigh and vaginal area. Respondent also [performed oral sex on the student]" Revocation click here click here
Mikels, Justin Curtis 25 high school social studies teacher / middle school baseball coach Knoxville Community School District (GOAL Alternative High School) Marion 2010 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual exploitation of a minor, Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Mikels allegedly took one of these girls into an empty storage room at GOAL High School, where he taught at the time, and asked her for sexual favors. ... In the other incident, Mikels allegedly took a girl into the restroom at GOAL and had intercourse with her." Revocation click here click here
Deardorff, Douglas R. 28 mathematics teacher, physical education teacher / coach West Marshall Community School Distirct Marshall 1991 Sexual involvement or indecent "Deardorff sexually assaulted a student In December 1977, and there were three later assaults, according to a complaint filed with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. The former West Marshall student was 15 at the time, the complaint says" Revocation click here click here
Lowe, Terry Franklin 42 social studies teacher, physical education teacher licensure / coach authorization Semco Community School District (junior and senior high school) Marshall 1985 Sexual involvement or indecent "Nevertheless, the Commission did find sufficient the testimony from the several witnesses who stated they had been touched or fondled." 3-year suspension click here click here
Story, Sarah C. (Whitehead) 37 Spanish teacher Marshalltown Community School District Marshall 2015 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent became aquainted with a student at Marshalltown High School. Respondent and the student expressed feelings for each other and thereafter became involved in an inappropriate relationship, during which the student spent the night at Respondent's house. When the relationship was discovered, the student dropped out of the Marshalltown Community School District so the two could continue the relationship." Revocation click here click here
Hendricks, Jeremy David 25 assistant wrestling coach Marshalltown Community School District (Marshalltown High School) Marshall 2005 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Former Marshalltown coach Jeremy Hendricks, 28, will be sentenced later this month on a misdemeanor charge of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Hendricks, a former assistant wrestling coach, was accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student at Marshalltown High School. He was charged in 2005 with a felony. According to court records, Hendricks entered an Alford plea to the lesser charge on Dec. 12. That means he doesn't admit guilt, but acknowledges he likely would be found guilty if he went to trial." Revocation click here click here
Spencer, Jeffrey L. 42 teacher for students with behavioral and scholastic problems Marshalltown Community School District (Lenihan Intermediate School) Marshall 2007 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Spencer, 44, was charged in September 2005 with sexual exploitation by a school employee, indecent contact with a child and lascivious acts with a minor after the girl's father tapped the phone and discovered conversations of a sexual nature." Revocation click here click here
Sanford, Vernon G. 33 unknown Marshalltown Community School District Marshall 1993 Sexual involvement or indecent "I had sexual contact with a person referenced in the complaint approximately 20 years ago. At that time the person was no longer a student of mine and no contact took place on the school premises." Revocation 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
Crouch, Russell L. 38 history teacher Glenwood Community School District (High School) Mills 2014 Not specified "The relationship became physical through kissing and then intercourse" Revocation click here click here
Pelster, Curtis 27 instrumental music teacher Nishna Valley Community School District Mills 1998 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "Although Mr. Pelster disputes many of the allegations raised by the students, he acknowledges that he may have engaged in conversations that could be viewed as inappropriate for the teacher/student relationship." | "accused of inappropriate touching and making inappropriate sexual comments to female students" 2-year suspension click here click here
Pendergrass, George Patrick 40 6th grade teacher / high school girls' volleyball and track coach Albia Community School District Monroe 1990 Criminal sexual offenses "sentenced to 10 years in prison for the third-degree sexual abuse of a 14-year-old Albia girl" Revocation click here click here
Bahr, Dave 33 physical education teacher / girls' basketball coach Albia Community School District Monroe 1987 Sexual involvement or indecent "the Commission finds that there is substantial evidence supporting the fact that certain touching and kissing did occur...the Commission finds that the events regarding the senior party did take place, that Mr. Bahr was involved, he consumed alcoholic beverages, and that he did kiss [redacted] on the lips in front of other students." Reprimand click here click here
Beard, Duane 31 special education teacher Red Oak Community School District Montgomery 1987 Sexual involvement or indecent "court documents accuse Beard of molesting the [14-year-old] boy in the spring of 1983 at a Des Moines Howard Johnson's motel. The boy 'was in Beard's custody...and (Beard) did use his authority to force him to submit to intercourse,' according to court documents." Revocation click here click here
Reimers, Brandon 26 paraeducator / music teacher--assistant show choir director Muscatine Community School District (Muscatine High School) Muscatine 2011 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual exploitation of a minor, Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Muscatine County authorities today charged Brandon Reimers, 27, of Muscatine with sexual abuse of a 15-year-old, sexual exploitation by a school employee and providing alcohol to a minor." Revocation 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
Reed, Suzette 32 high school mathematics teacher Clarinda Community School District Page 2011 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent commenced a relationship with a student that was inappropriate for a teacher and student. Respondent and the student engaged in suggestive conversation. Thirty-one days after the student's graduation, Respondent and the student had a sexual relationship." 5-year suspension click here click here
Young, Terrence J. 30 K-12 physical education teacher and athletic director / baseball coach Essex Community School District Page 2013 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent had a relationship with a student that exceeded the boundaries of an appropriate teacher/student relationship. Respondent and the student communicated in person, over the phone and by text message. Respondent had the student babysit for his children. Respondent solicited at sexual act from the student while she was at his house and after she returned home. After the school became aware of the incident, Respondent attempted to influence the student's report to the school." Revocation click here click here
Traub, Kimberly 39 Spanish teacher and computer/keyboarding teacher Emmetsburg Community School District Palo Alto 2013 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent commenced relationships with students that exceeded the boundaries of an appropriate teacher/student relationship. Respondent and students communicated via Twitter and Facebook. The conversations were inappropriate for a teacher to have with a student. Respondent was warned on several occasions to case all non-professional relationships/communication with students in and out of school. After repeated warnings, Respondent took students to graduation parties. While at parties, Respondent consumed alcohol and was seen having inappropriate physical contact with a student." Reprimand click here click here
Kohls, Samantha Maelee 23 unknown Remsen-Union Community School District Plymouth 2016 Not specified "Kohls, 25, had been charged in Plymouth County District Court with two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee for having sex with a male student, who was age 17 at the time, at her apartment in July and August 2014." Revocation click here click here
Van Zee, Sherman W. 34 teacher Des Moines Christian Schools Polk 1991 Criminal sexual offenses "charges were filed...the crime of sexual abuse in the third degree...by performing sex acts with a 13 year old male student who had also attended a Bible class he had conducted...Respondent was convicted of this offense." 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
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
Rohwer, Erin Marie 27 English teacher Dowling Catholic High School Polk 2009 Criminal sexual offenses "had sex more than once with the male student, who was 18 at the time" Revocation click here click here