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Teacher Charged in Student Sex Case

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    April 3, 2014 | 12:30 pm
    ADEL, Iowa (AP) - An Urbandale Middle School teacher faces more than a dozen criminal counts after being accused of having sex with two students.

    The Des Moines Register reports ( that 23-year-old Benjamin Joseph Hoffman was arrested Wednesday. He is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $25,600 bond and could not be reached Thursday morning for comment.

    West Des Moines police say Hoffman had sexual contact with a 13-year-old student of his at Urbandale Middle School and a 14-year-old former student of Hoffman's while he was student teaching at Norwalk Middle School.

    Hoffman is charged with 11 counts of third-degree sexual abuse, one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor.

    Urbandale Superintendent Doug Stilwell says Hoffman has been placed on leave.

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