Arrest Warrant Issued For Heartland Teacher

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

An arrest warrant has been issued for a teacher in Treynor, Iowa who is accused of having inappropriate contact with three former students.

The warrant names Michael Travis, who, at the time of the alleged incidents, was working as a fifth grade teacher and assistant softball coach.

In late April, the Treynor School Board received two separate letters, written by former students, accusing Travis of having inappropriate contact with them while they attended Treynor High School. The County Attorney and Sheriff were notified.

Through the course of the investigation, the Sheriff's Department talked with three victims; however, one victim is now 29 years old and the alleged crime falls outside the statute of limitations. The other two victims are now 22 and 27.

Travis is accused of two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee, which is a felony.

Travis is currently on administrative leave.

A total of four complaints were filed against him. One was filed by another Treynor High School teacher who had concerns.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said the case could possibly extend beyond the incidents they know about.

“It’s possible,” he said. “I do not know. As we were going through this process with the two who had sent the letters, another victim came up and we investigated that. So, is there a possibility? We don’t know."

Court documents state that Travis allegedly committed the crime of sexual exploitation by a school employee in 2002 and again in 2006.

Danker said, “They had allegations that there we some inappropriate contact by this teacher. They, I believe they hesitated at first to report it and the decision was made and they reported it to us.”

People in the small Iowa town were reluctant to talk about the incident.

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