Christian School Teacher, Father of 2 Charged With 140 Counts of Sexual Abuse
A lot of Christian defense for marriage I’ve heard and seen over my life time consists of this notion that marriage (and parenthood) are necessary to make a person more mature, godly, responsible, and loving.
Adult singleness is assumed to be, or taught by, many social conservatives and Christians to be a horrible suspended state of immaturity.
I’ve yet to see any of the Christians and conservatives who espouse these views about singleness and marriage (such as Bradford Wilcox or Al Mohler) explain all these examples I have on my blog (like the one below) of married people and/or parents who engage in immoral acts.
Also note how irrelevant the Christian “Equally Yoked” rule becomes – all these supposed Christian men turn out to be child molesters and rapists.
A fifth grade teacher and father of two who was recently fired from the Sioux Center Christian School in Iowa has been charged with 140 counts of sexual abuse involving multiple children, all under the age of 14.
The teacher, Curtis Van Dam, 35, was arrested last Wednesday, according to a KSFY report. His crimes allegedly occurred between 2013 and last month when he was exposed. Now, the entire Sioux Center community is reeling in shock.
A quick glance at Curtis Van Dam’s Facebook page shows pictures of what appears to be a loving father of two—a family man who works hard teaching elementary school children at Sioux Center Christian School in Iowa.
A “God-fearing” man who now stands accused of raping or sexually assaulting multiple children dating back as far as 2013.
At last count, Van Dam has been charged with 14 counts of sexual exploitation by a teacher, 72 counts of 2nd-degree sexual abuse, 12 counts of 3rd-degree sexual abuse, three counts of lascivious acts with a child, 34 counts of lascivious conduct with a minor, and five counts of indecent exposure.
Originally arrested in October on just one count of lascivious conduct with a minor and one count of lascivious acts with a child, the charges against Van Dam are expected to continue to increase as more victims come forward.