Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber told WOWT 6 News Thursday that Kreighton Elwood appeared in court for a probation violation hearing. Elwood, son of Treynor Community Schools Superintendent Kevin Elwood, was facing a violation for refusing to sign his sex offender treatment contract. The contract stated he could not live at home before completing certain program requirements. Thursday morning, the judge dropped the violation, but did discuss problems Kreighton has experienced thus far.
Wilber said those who are enrolled in sex offender treatment programs must sign a contract that they will not live at home when minors are in the house until completing two polygraph tests. He explained that Elwood, who has siblings of minor age, claims to have not been aware of those requirements, and upon finding out he could not live at home, he refused to sign the contract.
The judge ended up dropping the violation and said Elwood would not have to sign, under the requirement that Elwood's parents never let him home alone with his minor aged siblings. The County Attorney said it was discussed at the hearing that on multiple occasions Kreighton has been home alone with his siblings.
Wilber said those enrolled in the treatment are required to pass 2 polygraph tests. The first is a "Specific Issue" test taken shortly after the initial incident to verify what happened. Wilber said Kreighton failed this test.
Kreighton cannot take the second polygraph, until he passes the first. The second is a "Sex History" polygraph so treatment organizers and care specialists can understand the type of person they are working with.
If Kreighton passes the first polygraph, he will take the second on Feb. 6.
The County Attorney did make it clear, aside from this incident, Kreighton Elwood has been cooperative throughout the entire process.
The Treynor Community School’s School Board meeting began Monday night with many people getting emotional. “A very unfortunate incident in Treynor happened in the last year,” said the board. The discussion revolved around the recent actions of 18-year-old Kreighton Elwood, the son of Superintendent Kevin Elwood.
The meeting was split for the most part; some people showed support for the way the Superintendent handled the charges his son faced last fall, which were sexual abuse and kidnapping.
One woman took to the podium and said, “I 100% support Mr. Elwood and his board, I am so sorry for the family’s that had to go through this. But, it’s time for this to be done.”
There certainly, however there was also a large showing of people who thought more should have been done, and that the Treynor community cannot rebound with this administration.
“I’m thinking as long as this administration it’s probably not going to work,” one man said.
The large turnout was due to Darrin and Edie Eitmann's online petition aimed at removing Kevin Elwood as Superintendent. “Honestly, I was just sick to my stomach beside myself with guilt,” Darrin Eitmann explained.
Their motivation was that they say Kreighton Elwood sexually harassed their daughters and friends –combined with their disgust for the court system – and the school's handling of the situation.
Elwood got off with two weeks in jail and probation for false imprisonment and assault.
He originally faced life in prison. Although Kreighton was kicked out of school, the Eitmann’s said it didn't keep him away at all times.
“Our experience was that he was back in the school and our youngest daughter was there in cheerleading practice and that’s what really threw up a lot of red flags for people in the community.”
The petition has nearly 300 signatures, about 170 of those are online. Several people at the meeting Monday called for a new investigation into the school's response to the situation. The school’s attorney did the initial investigation
“All the community is asking for is a non-biased and full investigation,” one woman said.
Another man added, “If there’s no wrong doings that were done, that’s what will be shown.”
But the board also heard support for the superintendent, in the form of a new petition with 100 signatures.
For the Eitmann’s though, with four of their 7 kids still at Treynor, they want change.
“What’s made me sicker and sicker is getting responses from people that heave read the story and signed the petition telling us their story. That makes me sick to my heart,” Edie Eitmann said.
Kreighton Elwood is already accused of violating his probation. He is charged with not signing is Sex Offender Treatment Contract. He is scheduled to appear in court, for that violation, Thursday.