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
Ziesman, Chad 33 substitute teacher / wrestling coach, football coach and track coach Urbandale Community School District Polk 2012 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 "Respondent exchanged hundreds of text messages with a 14-year-old student. Respondent also exchanged messages with the student via Facebook...The messages solicited pictures from the student, commented on the student's physical appearance. Respondent attempted to meet with the student at approximately midnight for activities that were inappropriate for a teacher-student relationship" " 'please don't call me a creeper for trying to get a pic' and 'if I don't get a pic, can you give me your address to catch a glimpse during shower time' " " Revocation 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
Yohn, Wayne Alton Jr 39 high school guidance counselor Sigourney Community School District Keokuk 1983 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "Commission found that Mr. Yohn initiated bodily contact...hugging, rubbing, grabbing, with District students 'which was of a sexual nature in motivation and execution' " Indefinite suspension 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
Yockey, Shauna 32 business teacher / volleyball coach Westwood Community School District Woodbury 2010 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "student abuse by soliciting, encouraging or consummating a romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship with a student" Revocation click here click here
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
Williams, Todd 0 history teacher Louisa-Muscatine Community School District (Louisa-Muscatine High School in Letts) Louisa 1999 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "Sexual intercourse occurred twice weekly at Williams' home, at the Presidential Motor Inn in West Branch and in a vehicle owned by Williams, a complaint said." Revocation click here click here
Williams, Steven Lee 30 middle school special education teacher / 7th grade girls' track coach Johnston Community School District (Summit Middle School) Polk 2013 Sexual or otherwise indecent act with a student or any minor "Respondent solicited sexual intercourse and other sexual acts from individuals he perceived to be a 14-year-old female and a 15-year-old female over the internet. Respondent sent the 14-year-old pictures of an erect penis during the chat conversations. Respondent also exchanged text messages with the 14-year-old. Respondent stated in the conversations that he intended to travel to the girl's residence and engage in sexual intercourse and other sexual activity with her. The 14-year-old female and 15-year-old female were 'internet personas: of a law enforcement officer.' " 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
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
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
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
Weaver, James "Jim" 34 unknown Williamsburg Community School District Iowa 1995 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "You did act inappropriately toward a female student in your charge while employed by the Williamsburg Community School District." | "I acknowledge that I erred by entering into an inappropriate relationship with one of my female students." Reprimand click here click here
Voss, Tonya Kay 36 teacher (substitute and coaching authorization) unknown unknown 2010 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship Details unknown Revocation click here click here
Voorhees, Larry William 32 unknown unknown unknown 1991 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Inappropriate touching" 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
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
VanderLinden, Thomas Lee 23 teacher / coach Waukee Community School District Dallas 1988 Sexual involvement or indecent "Respondent had violated the criteria of professional practices by engaging in inappropriate contact with a female student or students." 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
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
Travis, Michael D. 34 elementary teacher and an assistant softball coach Treynor Community School District Pottawattamie 2015 Not specified "In another affidavit, a different woman claims during the 2004-05 school year, when she was an 11-year-old student in Travis’ fifth-grade glass, he 'would grab inappropriate areas' on her body" 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
Trainer, Jason Allen 38 assistant high school girls' basketball coach Northwood-Kensett Community School District (Northwood-Kensett High School, Northwood) Worth 2012 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship "Respondent exchanged text messages with a student. The messages were inappropriate for a teacher-student relationship. The messages solicited a romantic relationship with the student, expressed Respondent's sentiment toward the student and discussed topics that were inappropriate for a teacher-student relationship." 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
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
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
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
Tedrow, Rita Lynn 37 5th grade and 6th grade teacher Van Buren Community School District (Stockport) Van Buren 2003 Romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship IBEE: "Complaint: Sexual contact/abuse & E-mail" Revocation 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
Stroschein, Louis Joseph Jr 31 administrator Shelby County Catholic School Shelby 2009 Criminal sexual offenses "had Internet chat room conversations with someone he thought was a 15-year-old Black Hawk County girl. He allegedly arranged to meet her to take her to a hotel..." Revocation click here click here