A quick glance at Curtis Van Dam’s Facebook page shows pictures of what appears to be a loving father of two—a family man who works hard teaching elementary school children at Sioux Center Christian School in Iowa. A “God-fearing” man who now stands accused of raping or sexually assaulting multiple children dating back as far as 2013.
At last count, Van Dam has been charged with 14 counts of sexual exploitation by a teacher, 72 counts of 2nd-degree sexual abuse, 12 counts of 3rd-degree sexual abuse, three counts of lascivious acts with a child, 34 counts of lascivious conduct with a minor, and five counts of indecent exposure. Originally arrested in October on just one count of lascivious conduct with a minor and one count of lascivious acts with a child, the charges against Van Dam are expected to continue to increase as more victims come forward.
Stated Sioux Center Police Chief Adkins:
The entire community is shocked and also very saddened. Emotions are very high in the community. I’m trying to protect the victims as much as I can. I can tell you there were numerous victims and that all the victims were children.
Josh Bowar, head of Sioux Center Christian School, offered “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families in a statement to the media:
Though the number of charges do not necessarily reflect the number of students, we are grieved again as we hear the extent of the charges. We’ve wept, now it’s time to weep again. We’ve prayed, now we need to continue praying. We’ve brought our anger and fears to the Lord, and now we need to lay those feelings again at His feet.
Hate to break it to you, Josh, but “prayer” is not going to give those children back their innocence.
And while it is sad to think of the horror Van Dam’s wife and children are experiencing right now as their family is torn apart, they can at least take comfort in the fact that given the GOP’s history of embracing pedophiles his charges should not rule out a lucrative political career within the Republican party.
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