ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Prosecutors have consolidated dozens of sexual abuse and other charges filed against a former Sioux Center Christian School teacher accused of having inappropriate contact with numerous children.
In a procedural move, Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle on Thursday filed a motion in Sioux County District Court to dismiss 29 cases against Curtis Van Dam because all charges will prosecuted under a single case rather than in each individual case.
District Judge Patrick Tott granted the motion and dismissed the cases.
The action does not dismiss any of the more than 100 charges that authorities have filed against Van Dam.
Van Dam, 36, of Sioux Center, was arrested Oct. 23 after a complaint was filed against him for inappropriate contact with a Sioux Center Christian student. Van Dam was charged with lascivious acts with a child.
After Sioux Center police continued to investigate the case, they filed additional charges related to incidents that occurred from Aug. 23, 2014, to the present with several other children.
Van Dam, who taught at the private school for nine years, faces 101 felonies and 39 misdemeanors, including charges of second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse, sexual exploitation by a teacher and lascivious acts with a child.
Police have declined to identify the victims' gender and how many children were involved.
According to court documents, Van Dam touched the genitals of one of the victims, who was under age 12, twice a week for 10 weeks. Another charge accuses Van Dam of having a child under age 12 touch his genitals and persuading another minor to partially disrobe once a week for six weeks. Van Dam is also accused of exposing himself to children on more than one occasion.
Police have said the incidents took place at various locations, including the school.
School administrators removed Van Dam, who taught fifth grade, from the school after the first complaint was filed and later fired him.