WATERLOO, Iowa - The trial is slated to begin this week for a former Waterloo teacher accused of requesting a former student play strip video games.

Larry Twigg, 56 and now living in Des Moines, is charged with misdemeanor and felony sexual exploitation by a school employee relating to alleged incidents between the fall of 2008 and the summer of 2009.

Jury selection is currently scheduled for Tuesday in Black Hawk County District Court.

According to earlier courtroom testimony, the former West High student, who was 18 at the time, said Twigg contacted him after graduation to make up classroom points. The teacher said he could earn points by playing a video game and removing clothing for losing game levels, or he could do exercises with eggs in his pockets or have cake ingredients poured on him, according to testimony.

The student stopped because he felt uncomfortable.

Twigg was convicted in May of misdemeanor lascivious conduct with a minor in connection with allegations he had another West High student make snow angels and take a chocolate syrup shower wearing only boxers and play strip video games.

The defense had asked the court to hold Twigg’s upcoming trial in another county, citing pretrial publicity surrounding the allegations and because of Twigg’s prior case, which included two trials because of an appeal.

Prosecutors challenged the motion, and a sample jury of 48 people was polled in October to gauge community knowledge and attitudes towards the case.

In a ruling filed Nov. 4, Judge James Coil turned against the venue request, noting that only eight of the 48 people said they had formed a fixed opinion and couldn’t decide the case impartially.
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