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
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
Hawkins, Paul G. 33 teacher Anamosa Community School District Jones 1982 Criminal sexual offenses "engaged in sexual acts with two young male students" Indefinite suspension click here click here
Buck, Andrew 26 middle school band music teacher / girls’ high school golf coach Anamosa Community School District (West Middle School band, Anamosa High School) Jones 2011 Sexual involvement or indecent, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "admitted touching the victim’s thigh on one occasion" "accused of engaging in a pattern of sexual conduct on three occasions with an 18-year-old female student at Anamosa High School." 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
Davenport, Mandy Lynn 30 language arts teacher Ankeny Community School District (Ankeny Centennial High School) Polk 2015 Sexual exploitation of a minor "Respondent engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student in December 2011. Investigation also revealed Respondent sent text messages containing sexually suggestive references to a student while the student was on spring break. On Sept. 26, 2014, Respondent pled guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor." 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
Shannon, Lance 27 special education teacher--multidisability resource / basketball coach, volleyball coach Area Education Agency 7 (Sumner High School) Ida 1999 Criminal sexual offenses "Respondent entered a plea of guilty to the crime of Lascivious Acts With A Child...In return for this plea agreement, the state of Iowa agreed to dismiss four other pending counts...relationship with the 13-year-old child, which took place out of school...The Respondent...did coach her in AAU basketball and volleyball. The relationship did not include sexual intercourse. (Testimony of Respondent)" Revocation 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
Suplee, Michael David 25 special education teacher Carlisle Community School District (Carlisle High School) Warren 2016 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent had inappropriately text messaged the student using the Snapchat application for his cell phone. During the conversation, Respondent repeatedly called the student 'beautiful.' Respondent arranged to pick up the student late at night from near her house and to return her to his home in Norwalk. Once at his house, he attempted to take photographs of the student and offered her an alcoholic mixed drink." 3-year suspension click here click here
Dyer, Alex 34 band teacher Carlisle Community School District (Carlisle High School) Warren 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 "[Dyer]... is eligible to ask the court to remove from his criminal record any mention that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old student" Revocation 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tullis, Molly Katherine 23 K-12 vocal music teacher; 9th grad through 12th grade extracurricular vocal music sponsor Charter Oak Ute Community School District Crawford 2014 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student who was a junior in high school at Charter Oak Ute Community School District. Respondent was the student's chorus teacher. Respondent had sexual intercourse with the 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
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
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
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
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