Judge Details Student Allegations in Benton Co. Case

BENTON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) -- Investigators released new information about a sexual misconduct case in the Benton Community School District after a student's allegation of being inappropriately touched by a teacher.

Benton Community School (COURTESY PHOTO)

"We have an allegation of inappropriate or uncomfortable touching," said Benton County Sheriff Ron Tippett. Sheriff Tippett said his department is taking the report seriously and are currently in the process of conducting interviews as part of an investigation.

Authorities have been in contact with the district since it first alerted them to the allegation on Monday. Investigators have not said when the incident may have occurred or where it happened.

The Benton Community School District sent an email earlier this week to parents announcing it removed the teacher in question from the classroom. District officials said the teacher is still being paid.

"You have to take all situations as being credible," said Sheriff Tippet. "I have no reason to believe this person is not credible."

KCRG-TV9 is not identifying the teacher that is the focus of the investigation pending the outcome of the investigation.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information in the case to call 319-472-2337.