P.E. Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

P.E. Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse

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Phil Prazan



Two people walked into the Knoxville Police Department alleging the sexual abuse of a minor.  The report that followed says incidents happened in three locations.

The report says the relationship has been going on for several months and there are photos as evidence.

The first location on the report is Knoxville High School where recently an employee has been placed on administrative leave.

Superintendent Randy Flack confirmed that P.E. teacher and head football coach Troy Rider is on paid leave. It started the same day as the complaint.

According to the report, a house in Carlisle is the second location of the alleged sexual abuse.

Police Chief Dan Losada has not released the name because there are no charges.  He explains where they go from here.

"Right now we have the victim's version of what happened," Rider said. "We now have to confirm that version and do an investigation and follow up all leads. We also normally would contact a suspect and if they are willing to talk to us we'd get a statement from them."

The age of consent in Iowa is 16, but charges can still occur if the suspect is a school employee.

The third location is an unspecified place in the country. Knoxville police continue the investigation with no charges. The school district has counselors available and is encouraging students and teachers to speak with them about this issue.

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