School Custodian Arrested For Assault

The custodian is continuing to work for the elementary school

By Claire Powell | cpowell@weareiowa.com

Published 09/01 2015 06:22PM

Updated 09/01 2015 06:25PM

DES MOINES- A West Des Moines School District custodian, who was charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, is still working at a metro school.

Des Moines Police say on August 17th, an unrelated family member called police, claiming 54-year-old Mark Sloan pointed a 9 millimeter gun at her and her dog.

"During a dispute at the residence, Mr. Sloan had pushed his roommate and ultimately ended up pointing a gun at her,” said Sgt. Scott Raudabaugh, Des Moines Police.

Police issued a warrant for Sloan’s arrest, and shortly after, he turned himself in to the Polk County Jail. He was booked and posted bail the same day. Sloan was ultimately charged with Assault While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon.

However, on August 28th, that same unrelated family member filed another report against Sloan. This time, the 18-year-old victim claims for the past two years, Sloan has demanded sex from her to allow her to keep living with him and eating food. According to the victim, verbal and physical abuse followed, including pushing and choking. The victim claims Sloan later apologized and that’s why she waited nearly a week and a half to report the incident.

"On the 28th, she made another assault report where she claimed he assaulted her. That case is under investigation and no charges have been filed in that case,” said Raudabaugh.

Sloan is currently a custodian at Westridge Elementary Schools in West Des Moines. He has not been put on administrative leave and the school says Sloan has followed their policies and has been open about the ongoing investigation. The school released a statement today saying:

                "The West Des Moines Community School District has a policy regarding notification of charges and that policy has been followed. The district will continue to follow its policies as the facts of the alleged incident, which did not involve our district, schools, students or staff, are investigated. If it is determined the facts are true, we will take appropriate action. "

Sloan’s attorney told Local 5 he has no comments on the case at this point and will leave it up to a court room to come to a conclusion. On the phone, Sloan also told Local 5 that the allegations being made are not accurate.

However, Des Moines Police say they’re still treating this like they do every other domestic abuse case and are continuing to investigate.

“Like any domestic cases, we take it seriously and investigate it. If the evidence is there to make the arrest or get a warrant to arrest at a later date," said Raudabaugh. 

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