(PresidentialInsider.com)- An ex-teacher who has been accused of sexually abusing at least six of his former students has been taken into custody in Harrison County, Iowa. According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, the inquiry was launched in April.
On June 10, an arrest was made at the residence of Benjamin T. Work, who had previously served as a teacher for the West Harrison School District. Nearly a week before his arrest, he resigned from his position.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office got a complaint on April 22 that led to the opening of an inquiry into Work’s behavior. The Iowa educator was put on administrative leave the same day the incident occurred.
The West Harrison School District has a total K-12 enrollment of about 300 students.
Work has been charged with five felonies for allegedly sexually exploiting a student at the school where he worked. In addition, he has been charged with two charges of indecent contact with a child and five counts of larcenous conduct with a minor, both of which are misdemeanor offenses.
According to the documents filed in the case, Work served in the music department at the school. Work’s Linkedin profile indicates he has been the music director for the district since 2013.
During the course of the inquiry, law enforcement officials found evidence that Work had inappropriate contact with at least six different pupils. According to the allegations, the alleged abuse occurred sometime between the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022.
On June 3, exactly one week before his arrest, Work tendered his resignation from his employment with Harrison County Schools.
Work was arrested at his residence without incident. He is held in the Harrison County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in Harrison County District Court.
On June 11, bail in the amount of $30,000 was established and posted.
According to the records, the preliminary hearing would take place over the phone at 10:45 a.m. on June 20.