Affidavits filed in Sioux Center sex abuse case

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (KSFY) - Authorities in Sioux Center have filed the affidavits providing some further clues into sex abuse suffered by "numerous" victims at Sioux Center Christian School.

Forty-one pages of affidavits have been filed in the case against Curtis Van Dam, a 36-year-old former teacher at Sioux Center Christian School in Northwest Iowa.

The affidavits detail abuse of at least one victim from 2013 to 2017, the earliest reported abuse. Another affidavit shows abuse of at least one victim for about one year and multiple victims over the course of each school year. The affidavits reveal some victims were under the age of 12 years old.

Court documents reveal the abuse ranges from Van Dam touching the genitals of child, soliciting children to engage in sex acts, causing a child to touch his genitals, sexual exploitation while being employed as a teacher, persuading a minor to disrobe or partially disrobe while in a position of authority over the minor and indecent exposure.

One affidavit shows 22 counts of sexual abuse in the second degree by touching the genitals of a child under the age of 12, once a week for 22 weeks. Another reveals 25 counts of sexual abuse in the second degree by touching the genitals of a child under the age of 12, once a week for 25 weeks.

The affidavits are attached to this story.

It is difficult to discern the exact number of victims in this case at this time. Sioux Center Police Chief Paul Adkins said on Thursday he was not releasing those details at this time, in order to protect the young victims in this case.

KSFY News reporter Erika Leigh will have additional details tonight at 5 and 6 p.m.



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