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
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
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
Krzyczkowski, Sara 28 8th grade social studies teacher West Des Moines Community School District (Valley High School) Polk 2015 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent began a close relationship with 'Student A' in the summer before the 2008-2009 school year when student was a senior in high school. Respondent, a junior high teacher, did not have Student A in her class or building, but taught her in junior high years earlier. Respondent and Student both described their relationship at that time as a mentor and mentee; however, the relationship exceeded the boundaries of an appropriate teacher-student relationship because it was overly close." 1-year suspension click here click here
Schwery/Thies, Heidi 37 music teacher--middle school and high school vocal and treble clef choir, vocal sponsor Harlan Community School District Shelby 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, phone calls, and in person. The conversations were inappropriate for a teacher to have with a student." 1-year 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
Smith, Steven 38 high school biology teacher / track coach Maquoketa Valley Community School District Jackson 2011 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "From 2007 until 2009, Respondent developed a relationship with a student wherein Respondent communicated with the student via text messaging and Facebook and expressed feelings for the student" 1-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
Robinson, Ranae 26 high school Spanish teacher / volleyball coach Norwalk Community School District Warren 2009 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent recognizes that allowing a friendship to develop with a student was inappropriate and in violation of professional boundaries. Respondent further recognizes that the subject-matter of the conversations with the student was inappropriate and a severe departure from the relationship she should have maintained with a student." 2-year suspension click here click here
Davis, Michael 38 middle school physical education Keokuk Community School District Keokuk 2011 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual exploitation of a minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "it is alleged that Respondent sent numerous inappropriate text messages to a female student including inappropriate topics for a student-teacher relationship. It is alleged that Respondent kissed the female student and touched the student's buttocks." 2-year suspension click here click here
Boulton, Buddy 31 guidance counselor / boys' basketball coach Keota Community School District Keokuk 2003 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "Although Mr. Boulton disputes some of the allegations raised by the District, he acknowledges that he may have engaged in conduct that could be viewed as inappropriate for the teacher/student relationship" 2-year suspension click here click here
Henning, Justin Robert 26 high school industrial technology teacher Mediapolis Community School District Des Moines 2010 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Des Moines County Sheriff's authorities found a 17-year-old girl inside the teacher's car at the time of his [OWI] arrest. The teen, authorities said, is a Mediapolis High School student." 2-year suspension click here click here
Weltz, Stephen Charles 54 substitute teacher / activity custodian / coaching authorization Jefferson-Scranton Community School District Greene 2009 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "student abuse, indecent contact w/student" 2-year suspension click here click here
McNamar, Thomas J. 45 band music teacher WACO Community School District Henry 2016 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent exchanged numerous text messages with a student while Respondent was intoxicated. The subject matter of the text messages exceeded the appropriate boundaries of teacher-student interaction." 2-year suspension 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
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
Archer, Milton F. 56 government teacher Estherville Community School District (Estherville High School) Emmet 1991 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "I took her by the hand and took her into C Wing, gave her a kiss, she smiled and we passed out into our classes. I do not feel I did anything wrong." 3-year suspension 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
Thomas, Laurie 28 high school and middle school music teacher South Tama Community School District Tama 2012 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent had a relationship with a student identified in the investigative report that was inappropriate for a teacher and student. The inappropriate relationship began while the student was still in school and progressed after graduation to include kissing and fondling. The student had graduated but was a minor at the time of the inappropriate physical contact." 3-year suspension 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
Coppock, Shad 28 high school physical education teacher / boys' basketball coach and girls' golf coach St. Albert High School (Council Bluffs, Iowa) Pottawattamie 2004 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "The preponderance of the evidence established that the Respondent has sexually harassed female students by making inappropriately personal and embarassing remakrs to them. ... He sent at least one student...an instant message indicating an inappropriately personal and familiar relationship." 3-year suspension 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
Rieker, Scott 35 elementary school vocal music teacher Des Moines Public Schools (Pleasant Hill and Phillips elementary schools) Polk 2013 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor, Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "alleged that Respondent commenced a relationship with an 18 year old who was also a high school student that exceeded the boundaries of a teacher/student relationship. The student was not a student of the Respondent at any time, and did not have contacxt with Respondent in a school setting. Respondent and the student communicated via text message and Facebook. The conversations were inappropriate for a teacher to have with a student. Respondent took the student out for dinner and to various stores. The student reported that he had sexual contact with the Respondent." 3-year suspension click here click here
Coates Sr., Barry D. 42 at-risk counselor Council Bluffs Community School District Pottawattamie 1995 Sexual involvement or indecent, Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "Mr. Coates candidly admitted that he had performed a form of breast exams on [redacted] on two different occasions...Coates admitted having done abdominal exams...where he told her she was not pregnant by simply feeling her stomach...also conceded he had suggested video taping...as a form of sex therapy" 3-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
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
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
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
Liggett, Daniel D. 34 physical education teacher Council Bluffs Community School District (Thomas Jefferson High School) Pottawattamie 2016 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent became aware that a fellow teacher and female student were having an inappropriate relationship. Respondent did not report that relationship to the district authorities or legal authorities. Investigation also revealed inappropriate twitter communications between the Repondent and the student, which contained sexual innuendo, as well as grooming behavior on Respondent's part." 5-month 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
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