New details revealed in Sioux Center teacher case

Affidavits detail abuse of at least one victim from 2013 to 2017

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - We're learning disturbing new details tonight about a former Christian school teacher in Sioux Center, who is charged with a total of 140 criminal counts involving sexual misconduct with students.

"9 investigates" obtained and reviewed police affidavits.

The 41 pages of documents outline the case against Curtis Van Dam, 34, who taught 5th grade at Sioux Center Christian School

The documents detail the abuse Van Dam allegedly committed involving numerous students, some of whom, were under the age of 12-years old.

The reported abuse took place both on and off school property and involving multiple victims each year over a four year period from 2013 to 2017.

At least one victim told police they were abused for that entire four-year time frame.

Sioux Center's Police Chief Paul Adkins says all 10 officers on his force have worked on this case to uncover all the suspected victims.

"The community was shocked and very saddened when they found out what is really going on and what has transpired. There's a lot of high emotion in our community right now. A lot of anger, a lot of embarrassment, a lot of disappointment, resentment. But we will get through this. I firmly believe that justice will prevail. We are a strong community and we will stick together through this,"

The police affidavits obtained by 9 Investigates reveal the abuse allegations against Van Dam ranges from genital touching to soliciting children to engage in sex acts.

Adkins says that in 44 years on the job, he's never seen a case of this magnitude.


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