(DES MOINES) The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that a teacher can be charged with sexual exploitation, even if the victim is not a current student of the teacher.
The court made its decision after former Cumberland and Massena teacher Brent Romer filed an appeal after being convicted of sexual exploitation of minors and sexual exploitation by a school employee in 2010. Romer had a sexual relationship with a 16 year old female and photographed other minors in a sexually explicit manor.
Romer claimed he could not be convicted of sexual exploitation by a school employee because he was not the victim’s teacher. However, the Iowa Supreme Court said since Romer was a school employee his actions were enough to be charged.