Former teacher sentenced for secretly making videos of boys showering

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A former teacher at Sioux Center Christian School accused of sexually assaulting kids has been sentenced for sexual exploitation of a minor Wednesday.

Curtis Van Dam, 36, of Sioux Center, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child. He must also serve a term of seven years of supervised release. Finally, he must pay two special assessments totaling $5,100.

Van Dam still faces the state charges of sexual misconduct.

Van Dam, the coach of a boys’ basketball team, is said to have secretly made videos of boys on the team showering, was sentenced on September 12, 2018, to 15 years in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

In a release, officials say he admitted in his plea agreement that he secretly recorded minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct between November 2013 and October 2017. He is said to have used cameras, cell phones, SD cards, and an Apple MacBook A1181 Laptop personal computer.

“This case demonstrates our office’s continuing resolve to keep our children safe from sexual exploitation,” said United States Attorney Peter E. Deegan. “We commend the fine work of the Sioux Center Police Department in this matter, and reiterate our commitment to working with our state and local partners to fight child exploitation in our communities.”

Van Dam is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy T. Duax and investigated by the Sioux Center Police Department. 

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