Kenneth Rettler, a teacher in the Desmoine Iowa School District impregnated one of his student, after making repeated sexual advances to her. Even more troubling, the Principal of the school, Rich Blonigan, was aware he was spending time alone with Josephine Stevens in his classroom with the door locked – against school policy. Mr. Rettler had sent Ms. Stevens numerous, inappropriate communications via both text message and e-mail, also in violation of school policy.
School District Sued
Ms. Stevens has brought a lawsuit in the Iowa District Court against the school district. The lawsuit alleges she has experienced humiliation, emotional harm and embarrassment due to getting pregnant, and she has demanded monetary compensation for her injuries.
The teacher was fired and voluntarily surrendered his teaching license. This was a result of his sexual liasions with a student who was only seventeen at the time. Sex Between Teachers and Students is Against the Law In Iowa
It is a crime in the state of Iowa for a teacher to have sex with a student – regardless of that student’s age. If there are repeated liasions between the teacher and student, the crime is a felony subject up to five years in prison. Rettler has plead guilty to sexual exploitation and obstructing prosecution. He has been sentenced to six months in jail, and in addition has to complete a sex offender treatment program. He will be forced to register as a sex offender wherever he lives in the future.
Teacher’s jobs involve instructing students not taking advantage of their naivety.
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