Moving Quickly To Address Allegations Of Child Sexual Abuse Can Prevent Litigation...Sometimes
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A former fifth-grade teacher at a religious elementary school is facing over 100 felony and 39 misdemeanor charges involving sexual abuse and exploitation of students at the school. The incidents occurred at the school and other various locations, and continued for more than four years.
The school suspended the teacher immediately following the initial complaint of inappropriate conduct, and then terminated him after his arrest.
Police continue to investigate, and the school is encouraging any who have suffered abuse to come forward. Alex Boisjolie "Elementary teacher at Iowa Christian school faces 101 felonies for child sexual abuse," globegazette.com (Nov. 9, 2017).
- Spending an inordinate amount of time with a student and his or her family
- Frequent inquiries or unusual interest in a student's activities
- Giving gifts or money to a student for no particular reason without the parent or caregiver's consent
- Giving a student special treatment or attention not provided to other students, such as one-to-one private tutoring or coaching
- Acting very charming and friendly toward a student, or behaving in a childlike manner;
- Hugging, touching, kissing, tickling or wrestling with a student
- Having a secretive relationship with a student such as through texting.
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