IA Human Remains ID’d As Missing La Porte City Autistic Boy 16-Year-Old Jake Wilson

LA PORTE CITY, IA. (THECOUNT) — Authorities have recovered human remains near the area where 16-year-old Jake Wilson, an autistic boy from La Porte City, Iowa, disappeared in April.

Investigators said the remains are believed to be Wilson’s.

His disappearance prompted a search involving the FBI, state and local police officers and hundreds of volunteers in La Porte City, a town of about 2,300 in northeastern Iowa.

Wilson was last seen April 7, when he said he was going for a walk blocks from his home along Wolf Creek, which winds through La Porte City. His family said he didn’t have his glasses, and that he had the mental capacity of a 9-year-old boy. Continue reading

Iowa Christian School Teacher Arrested “Over 100 Child Abuse Charges Filed”

The Sioux Center Police Department said they arrested 35-year-old former Sioux Center Christian School teacher, Curtis Van Dam, of Sioux Center, Iowa, on over 100 charges of child abuse.

Police said the charges stem after a complaint was lodged with police against Van Dam on October 18, 2017. The complaint alleged inappropriate conduct between Van Dam, who was a teacher at the school, and a student attending the school.

Van Dam has been charged with 14 counts sexual exploitation by a teacher, 72 counts of sexual abuse in the 2nd degree, 12 counts of sexual abuse in the 3rd degree, two counts lascivious acts with a child Class C Felony, one count of lascivious acts with a child Class D Felony, 34 counts of lascivious conduct with a minor and five counts indecent exposure. Continue reading