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Defense Wants Judge To Dismiss Sex Charges Against Former Waterloo Teacher
By Dave Franzman, Reporter
WATERLOO, Iowa - A judge is now deciding whether or not to dismiss sex-related charges against a former Waterloo teacher.
Larry Twig was fired from West High School last year. Prosecutors say he convinced a student to cover himself in chocolate sauce and sprinkles, among other acts.
Today, his attorneys claimed the case was all a mistake.
Twigg's lawyer was pursuing a diminished capacity defense when a prosecution psychiatrist's opinion prompted the call for a judge to throw out the case.
Twigg, a former Waterloo West Teacher, was not in court today. He waived his right to appear at a pretrial hearing.
His attorney says the state psychiatrist who examined Twigg determined the defendant did not have the intent to commit a sexually based crime.
The defense wants the judge to toss out the lascivious acts charges and literally make the prosecutors start over.
Prosecutors say while some experts might not agree Twigg's actions were sexual, Twigg is accused of getting a student to partially disrobe and even engage in a spanking -- acts that would be up to a jury to decide if that met the burden of a sexual crime.
The judge said what he's being asked to do is not how a jury would rule, but decide whether there are technical reasons the actions match the charges.
He promised a written ruling by next week, in time for trial to start March 15.