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
Woodcock, Steven 36 teacher Des Moines Independent School District (Jackson Elementary School) Polk 1988 Criminal sexual offenses "found guilty of sexual abuse in the third degree" Revocation click here click here
St. Clair, Nancy L. 29 English teacher Harmony Community School District Van Buren 1990 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "unprofessional and inappropriate conduct in dealing with a male student who was a junior in high school" Revocation click here click here
Schive, Geoff 35 unknown Newton Community School District Jasper 1998 Sexual involvement or indecent Details unknown; "Schive violated standards of the profession during the 1994-95 school year, the board ruled. The ruling did not specifically say what those violations were." 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
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
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
Foy, George 50 band music teacher Oelwein Community School District Fayette 1992 Sexual involvement or indecent "inappropriate behavior with a former female student on school premises and in school related activities" 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
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
Graham, David 48 teacher Des Moines Independent School District (Weeks Transitional School) Polk 1987 Criminal sexual offenses "pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit lascivious acts with a child" Revocation 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
Gammell, Eldon R. 55 high school English teacher and volleyball coach Creston Community School District (Creston High School) Union 1994 Criminal sexual offenses "charged with one count of lascivious conduct with a minor and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse" Revocation 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
Anderson, Mark Allen 37 girls' softball coach, girls' basketball coach Keota Community School District Keokuk 2000 Criminal sexual offenses In the 2000 trial, a 15-year-old "described four occasions in which she engaged in sexual intercourse with Anderson. She testified she had sexual intercourse with Anderson on two occasions in the camper, once in the bedroom of Anderson's home, and once in a schoolroom of the elementary school in Keota." The Iowa Supreme Court reversed and remanded for a new trial in late 2001. Revocation 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
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
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
Ehrhardt, Christian Cedric 36 math teacher / football coach Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District Grundy 2007 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual exploitation of a minor, Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "inappropriately touched a female student in March 2006 and had consistently flirted with female students, made inappropriate comments to female students, and inappropriately touched female students over a two-year period." 3-year suspended license click here click here
Van Gorkom, Mark 31 5th grade teacher / high school girls' basketball coach Lake Mills Community School District Winnebago 2010 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent sent numerous inappropriate text messages to several female students including attempts to get the students to come to his house, comments regarding the students' physical appearance, requests for photographs of the students, and other inappropriate comments for a student-teacher relationship." | " 'Respondent: ... Its cold and windy. Time for a shower to warm up. Sorry you are missing it. LOL' (1:37 p.m.)" 18-month 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
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
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
Weber, Gordon Allen 45 English teacher, part-time elementary school physical education teacher / junior high football coach (also was on the Keota City Council) Keota Community School District Keokuk 1993 Sexual involvement or indecent "Weber of Keota pleaded guilty March 16, 1993, to four counts of lascivious acts with a minor. Charges stemmed from incidents beginning in the fall of 1991, when the victim was approximately 16 years old and a sophomore in Keota High School" Revocation click here click here
Jansen, Thomas Allen 48 teacher / head of Central's program for talented and gifted students Davenport Community School District (Central High School) Scott 1996 Criminal sexual offenses "sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old female student in a Central High School classroom" Revocation click here click here
Shaffer, Daniel Joseph 35 teacher, summer school tutor Keota Community School District Keokuk 1997 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "a former Keota Community School District student alleging that Respondent had improper sexual contacts with the student while the student was enrolled in the District and in Respondent's class. The Complaint was investigated by law enforcement personnel, and it was determined that there was sufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations of improper sexual contact." 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
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
Conaway, Margo 27 Spanish teacher Grinnell-Newberg Community School District (Grinnell High School) Poweshiek 1998 Sexual involvement or indecent "Conaway admitted to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student in November and December 1997" 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
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