Marion County educators going to jail

MARION COUNTY- Two former educators in Marion County were sentenced Thursday for Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee. 

Juan Carlos Munoz, formerly a teacher with the Pella Community School District, was sentenced to five years. Munoz pleaded guilty on July 27 to two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee.  Once Munoz is discharged, he will be on parole for 10 years and placed on the state sex offender registry.  A Pella Police Department investigation began in December of 2016, where it was revealed that Munoz engaged in a series of inappropriate relationships with students. A criminal complaint filed in January shows Munoz exchanged messages with a student "that were inappropriate and sexual in nature". 

Alan Wesley Stewart was sentenced to a two-year prison term, 10 years of parole upon release and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Wesley pleaded guilty on July 13 to one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee. The Marion County Sheriff's Office began investigated the former Twin Cedars School District teacher, as Stewart engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student. Stewart's relationship with the student "was sexual in nature", and "also consisted of gift exchanges...private messages, and time spent at [Stewart's] home". 

Both Stewart and Munoz have been served five-year no contact orders to protect their respective victims, and will be required to pay required fines.

"I continue to be amazed by the strength of young people who have been the victims of sexual abuse to come forward and face their accusers.  I cannot comprehend the courage that it must take to disclose sexual abuse," Marion County Attorney Ed Bull said. "It is fairly simple if you are a teacher, administrator or coach, you cannot have sex with a child.  Until such time as every teacher understands this simple statement, law enforcement and my office stand willing and able to make certain that if you engage in this behavior, you will go to prison."

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