Sioux Center, IA
Court papers shed more light onto the years of suspected abuse by now former Sioux Center Christian school teacher, Curtis Van Dam.
After one student victim came forward in mid-October, more followed. In each case, all the victims were younger than 14 at the time of the alleged abuse.
It went on for years. In some cases, victims were abused the entire school year.
The affidavits on these 140 counts of abuse are lengthy, and some of the victims were allegedly abused at school in allegations including inappropriate touching, soliciting sex, and sexual exploitation.
Court documents say Van Dam asked students to undress. He allegedly solicited children for sex acts. The charges include more than 20 counts of second degree sexual abuse against a child under 12.
In that case, Van Dam is accused of touching the child inappropriately twice a week for 10 weeks. In another case, he asked an 11-year-old to undress and urinate in a bottle while he watched.
The affidavits say the abuse happened from 2013 until Van Dam was arrested in October 2017. He was removed from Sioux Center Christian School as soon as a complaint was filed.
Sioux Center Police Chief Paul Adkins said the investigation is ongoing and that detectives are looking at whether any alleged abuse happened prior to 2013.
Van Dam is currently being held in jail with a $150,000 bond.
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