Iowa Legislature Acts To Fix Loophole In Law

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Iowa Legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Terry Branstad that adds coaches to a state law prohibiting sexual relationships between students and teachers, administrators and other licensed professionals.

The bill, which passed the House Wednesday and the Senate Thursday, fixes a problem arising from an April 11th Iowa Supreme Court ruling that found school coaches without a teaching certificate cannot be convicted of sexual exploitation by a school employee because they are not considered school employees under definition of Iowa law. Branstad called on the Legislature to take quick action.

The court ruling overturned the conviction of former Bloomfield basketball coach Patrick Nicoletto, who had sex with a 16-year-old girl on his team.

Democratic Sen. Rob Hogg says the bill should send a strong message that coaches can't have sex with students.

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