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
Davidson, Robert Philip 27 high school social studies teacher / girls' basketball coach Corning Community School District Adams 2003 Sexual involvement or indecent "Davidson began the affair with one of his players in the fall of 2001, when he was 27. He had asked the educational examiners to suspend his license for three years rather than permanently ban him from teaching. Davidson, who admitted having the affair, faces no criminal charges because under Iowa law 16-year-olds are legally able to consent to sex." Revocation click here click here
Drahozal, Walter 53 6th grade teacher Norway Community School District & Benton Community School District Benton 2010 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent was communicating with students via instant messaging and email, expressing feelings for the students, commenting inappropriately on the students' physical appearances, and having sexual conversations with the students." | " 'Well HEY to you all,' he wrote, giving special attention to one 13-year-old girl: 'Dangit, but you're hott!' As the summer unfolded, he became bolder in his notes to that 'hott' student. He asked detailed questions about her sexual experience, asked for photos, asked to visit her, double-checked to make sure she didn't share her instant-messaging account with her mother." Revocation click here click here
Duello, Daniel D. 33 high school physical education teacher / varsity football coach Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District (Washington High School, Vinton) Benton 2006 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual exploitation of a minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Police are investigating allegations of sexual exploitation by Dan Duello, 33, a coach and teacher who recently resigned from the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District. Complaints against Duello, a high school physical education teacher and varsity football coach, 'came to the Police Department through other students in the school system' - not from the alleged victim or victims, Police Lt. Bruce Smith said." Revocation 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
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
Ankrum, Daniel 31 special needs paraeducator / assistant girls track coach Waterloo Community School District Black Hawk 2015 Criminal sexual offenses "Investigators allege he had a relationship with a 16-year-old student that included sexual contact from January to March 2014. The girl wasn’t a pupil of his" Revocation click here click here
Twigg, Larry 51 business teacher, computer teacher Waterloo Community School District Black Hawk 2011 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "On several occasions, Respondent made students partially disrobe at his house. After partially disrobing, the students were required to perform certain tasks as purported punishment. On another occasion, after the student partially disrobed, Respondent spanked the student." | "accused of paying a minor to strip down to his boxers, stand in the shower and let Twigg pour chocolate syrup on him. Another count alleges Twigg paid a minor to strip down, go outside and make snow angels at his home" 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
Ahrar, Shahram Sean 29 teacher Cedar Falls Community School District Black Hawk 1997 Sexual involvement or indecent "to engage in an act of sexual intercourse with a student and to provide and allow for the consumption of beer by this student" Revocation click here click here
Whittlesey, Michael 36 teacher / administrator--elementary school principal Union Community School District (LaPorte City Elementary School) Black Hawk 2001 Sexual involvement or indecent "In his appeal, Whittlesey charged the decision was fraught with 'bias and prejudice,' ignored factual evidence and relied on 'speculation, guessing and contradictory testimony' in finding probable cause to support allegations made by two elementary students, aged 9 and 12, that Whittlesey had touched them in an inappropriately sexual manner on three occasions at the La Porte City school... an administrative law judge with the state Department of Inspections and Appeals - ruled there was a 'preponderance' of evidence supporting allegations made by two minor boys" Revocation click here click here
Perdue, Thomas E. 42 7th grade and 8th grade math teacher / high school softball coach Ogden Community School District Boone 1996 Criminal sexual offenses "Perdue been a teacher and coach in Ogden for 20 years when videotapes of girls and women undressing at the locker room were found at his house in 1995. He pleaded guilty to several counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and served six months in prison." Revocation click here click here
Bardole, Richard A. 37 music teacher Ogden Community School District (Ogden Middle School) Boone 2006 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Middle school teacher Richard Bardole, 54, was arrested last week after two former students said he abused them 17 years ago, police said. Bardole, a music teacher at Ogden Middle School, admitted to fondling the women when they were students, Assistant Police Chief Tony Jones said. He said Bardole also admitted to abusing a current student." 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
Shannon, Michael 35 assistant varsity girls' basketball coach Independence Community School District (Independence High School) Buchanan 2005 Sexual involvement or indecent "former assistant varsity girls' basketball coach at Independence High School, has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a basketball player. Police said Shannon had sexual contact with a 14-year-old female and that he was charged Monday with third-degree sexual abuse" Revocation click here click here
Riggert, Julie Ann 22 mathematics teacher, reading teacher and physical education teacher St. Athanasius Elementary School (Jesup) Buchanan 1990 Sexual involvement or indecent "In the Summer, 1979, the relationship developed into something completely different. [Redacted] testified that beginning at that time and continuing for many years after the relationship developed into a physical, sexual relationship. [Redacted] testified and described in considerable detail many occasions where she was with her teacher and the two engaged in intimate sexual behavior" Revocation 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
Freier, Eugene Clark 54 counselor Sioux Rapids-Rembrandt Community School District Buena Vista 1988 Criminal sexual offenses "pleaded guilty of sexual abuse in the third degree" 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
Knobbe, Ross Michael 25 7-12 social studies teacher Pomeroy-Palmer Community School District Calhoun 2010 Criminal sexual offenses "complaint...charging Respondent with Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee...Respondent pled guilty to Tampering with a Witness...and Assault...sentenced to 2 years in prison, suspended" 2-year suspension click here click here
Romer, Brent Michael 32 elementary school teacher, substitute teacher Cumberland and Massena Community School District Cass 2008 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "he began taking photographs of both of the girls in various sexual poses he suggested. These photographs depict L.A. nude from the waist up and K.G. touching L.A .'s breasts with her hands and mouth. ... [3rd event]...The pictures depict the female minors kissing, taking off their clothing, and embracing. Most of the pictures show L.A. and N.S. naked from the waist up and wearing only their underwear. One of the pictures shows Z.G. touching L.A.'s genital area. Another adult male is also visible in some of the pictures and in one photograph is seen touching N.S.'s breast." Revocation click here click here
Yoder, Trent 28 6th grade teacher / high school volleyball coach Anita Community School District Cass 1999 Criminal sexual offenses "arrested May 14 after a high school girl was videotaped changing clothes in a girls' restroom at Anita Elementary School" "the student found the video camera May 13 hidden behind a towel in the elementary school restroom with the lens showing" Revocation 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
Decker, Daniel Webster 51 teacher Mason City Community School District Cerro Gordo 1988 Criminal sexual offenses "pleaded guilty to lascivious acts with a child" 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
Osler, Chad W. 30 physical education teacher Cherokee Community School District Cherokee 2016 Not specified "According to court documents, Osler... had sex with the student in July 2013 and continued to have contact throughout 2014 and early 2015" Revocation click here click here
Grosenheider, Samantha 29 7th grade & 8th grade special education Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Community School District Cherokee 2011 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "alleged that Respondent sent numerous text messages to male students covering topics inappropriate for a student-teacher relationship. Several of the text messages solicited an affair with one student and sought inappropriate photographs of the student" 5-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
Clute, Jan Hayes 45 teacher / speech pathologist Keystone Area Education Agency Clayton 1994 Criminal sexual offenses "Jan H. Clute, 48, of Mount Vernon, charged with third-degree sexual abuse, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of incest. He was accused of committing the offense between July 1990 and June 1991." Revocation click here click here
Regan, Dr. Stephen D. 54 counselor Central Community School District (Central High School, Elkader, Iowa) Clayton 2001 Sexual involvement or indecent "Regan was convicted in February 2002 of a simple assault charge involving improper touching of a 17-year-old female student. He then consented to a finding of guilt in a similar incident involving another 17-year-old female at Central." 6-month suspension click here click here
Sorensen, Craig D. 33 English teacher / cross country head coach Clayton Ridge Community School District Clayton 2010 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship Details unknown Revocation click here click here