The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Iowa

April 2, 2014

Teacher sex abuse case goes before Iowa Supreme Court

DES MOINES — The attorney for a woman who claimed a high school coach molested her, causing her emotional problems, asked the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday to change the way lawsuits against schools are handled in such cases.

Des Moines attorney Roxanne Conlin represents a woman who says her New London teacher and coach sexually abused her for several years. She's suing the school district, claiming negligence for allowing an atmosphere in which Gina Sisk could pursue her.

She argued that school districts should fall under the discovery rule, which gives victims up to four years to file a lawsuit after they discover the abuse affected them.

Conlin claims her client was 14 when Sisk first began to make sexual advances. Sexual incidents continued through much of her high school years. Conlin said the woman, identified in court documents only as Jane Doe didn't realize she was emotionally effected until after she met with a psychiatrist in 2011.

She said her client understood the teacher would be in trouble if the sexual activity was discovered, but she didn't realize she was harmed emotionally until years later when "she knew she was troubled and had all kinds of emotional difficulties. She didn't discover it until March 2011 when a psychologist said what happened to you was very wrong and is the reason why you are having problems."

The New London district's attorney, Steven Ort, argued that many of the incidents occurred more than 10 years ago. The girl graduated from high school in 2004 and left New London.

"Without making light or diminishing in any way what happened to Jane Doe, it does not change the fact that all events occurred almost and in many instances, more than 10 years ago," he said. "There is a statute of limitations in Iowa."

Text Only
Iowa
  • Hatch blasts Branstad for nixing $1M solar grant

    Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch says Gov. Terry Branstad's decision to return a $1 million solar energy grant shows that utility companies are calling the shots in his administration.

    July 21, 2014

  • Iowa sheriff faces questions about jailer's affair

    An Iowa sheriff says he's been subpoenaed to testify about his office's investigation of a jailer who had an affair with a slain pregnant woman.

    July 21, 2014

  • Gov. Branstad praises veteran support program

    Military veterans are finding jobs in Iowa with the help of a new state program, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday.

    July 21, 2014

  • Second chance? Perry in Iowa again courting voters

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago.

    July 21, 2014

  • Woman drowns while tubing on Wapsi

    Authorities have identified the 29-year-old woman who drowned while tubing down an eastern Iowa river over the weekend.

    July 21, 2014

  • Iowa Juvenile Home's closing cut options for girls

    Some court officials are concerned the Iowa Juvenile Home's closing has created an unequal system where girls don't have the same options.

    July 21, 2014

  • Talent Show secondary art Two move on to State Fair DEWITT — Want a free bid to the Iowa State Fair? A few girls in the Clinton County Fair’s Bill Riley Talent Show figured out that one way to punch that ticket is to get on the stage.Participants age 7 to 16 did so on Sunday, showcasing their gymnasti

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Eight dead people still registered to vote

    CLINTON — The Iowa Secretary of State’s office found that 1,234 presumed dead people are still registered to vote in Iowa, including eight in Clinton County.The state uncovered the names by cross referencing with the Social Security Death Index. The

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • Iowa State U. ordered to pay $650K to ex-employee

    The Iowa Supreme Court is ordering Iowa State University to pay $650,000 to a former employee who was the subject of vicious mistreatment by superiors.

    July 18, 2014

  • Judge halts company's claims about spray product

    A judge has barred a Las Vegas company from calling Iowa residents and claiming to sell a human growth hormone product that kills cancer cells.

    July 18, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

AP Video
Featured Comment
Front page
Featured Ads
Local Radar
Blue Zones Project
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.