Two Iowa Lawmakers call for Linn-Mar Investigation

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MARION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A recent investigation found a history of complaints against a Linn-Mar Schools teacher for alleged sexual misconduct and now two state lawmakers have issued a formal request for an investigation.

The request is for the Board of Educational Examiners to investigate how Linn-Mar handled complaints against Robert Ortiz. The BOEE is the agency that licenses teachers. Linn-Mar let Ortiz resign in lieu of termination while on paid administrative leave while it investigated complaints against him.

House Republicans Ashley Hinson of Marion and Walt Rogers of Cedar Falls sent a formal letter to the Board asking for the investigation. The letter includes much of what our report uncovered. It said Linn-Mar should have reported the allegations to the Board and that the Board should have investigated.

After our story aired, Linn-Mar said it did report Ortiz to the board but has not specified when that happened. Board investigations are secret unless the board takes action.

The letter to the board adds, "This is an important safeguard to protect students, as well as other staff, from potential predators who are able to bounce from district to district without any red flags. If a loophole exists in our current law that somehow let Mr. Ortiz's situation pass, we need to address it as soon as possible."

The letter itself is addressed to the BOEE's Executive Director, Ann Lebo, who we've reached out to before for comment but she has declined.

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