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Iowa teacher who sexually abused at least 15 boys gets decades-long state prison sentence


This news story was published on January 12, 2019.
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SIOUX COUNTY, IOWA – An Iowa teacher who sexually abused at least 15 boys was sentenced to 60 years in state prison even as he festers in a federal prison at this time.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle announced that Curtis Lee Van Dam, age 37, of Sioux Center, Iowa, was sentenced today in Sioux County District Court for the seven (7) separate sex crimes. Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Iowa.

This case arose in October of 2017 after authorities began receiving reports that Van Dam, a former teacher and coach, had been orchestrating sexual conduct with multiple students. On September 12, 2018, Van Dam received a 15 year federal prison term, which includes an 85% (12.75 year) mandatory minimum, for Sexual Exploitation of a Child for a video he created capturing boys showering. On November 30, 2018, Van Dam pled guilty to the following crimes in Iowa District Court: five counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, Class C Felonies, one count of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, Class B Felony, and one count of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee, a Class D Felony. There were a total of 15 minor victims.

On January 11, 2019, the Court sentenced Van Dam to a 60-year prison term that includes a 17.5 year mandatory minimum before he is eligible for parole or work release. The Court further ordered that Van Dam’s 60-year prison term be served consecutive to the federal sentence. Van Dam will return to federal custody to serve his 15-year federal prison term, and then be returned to Iowa to serve his 60-year prison term.

Curtis Van Dam

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7 Responses to Iowa teacher who sexually abused at least 15 boys gets decades-long state prison sentence

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    Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    January 13, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    …too bad he didn’t have his lawyer transfer his case to Mason City. he would have been found guilty…but placed on probation for the next few years!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 13, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Hopefully he gets his in prison. What he should have got from the court— a death sentence!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 13, 2019 at 3:40 am

    One sick dude. I bet he has been doing this at previous schools he taught at too.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Sioux Center teacher with a Dutch name. Just another stellar citizen from House District 4..Steve King ‘s territory !

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 13, 2019 at 7:57 am

      What a racist comment!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 13, 2019 at 8:01 am

        It is not racist. It is bigoted.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 13, 2019 at 9:01 am

          The real racist are people who call other people racist. Lets send 2000 illegals to their house.