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Former Montezuma teacher accused of sexual abuse

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MONTEZUMA A former employee of the Montezuma School District is accused of sexually abusing two minors in 2012.

A release from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the Poweshiek County Sheriffs Office received a report on June 14, 2014 claiming abuse by 28-year-old Derek Bates.

Deputies arrested Bates on Friday and charged him with two counts of Third Degree Sexual Abuse, a Class C felony, among other charges.

He is accused of having sexual contact with two minors between March and July 2012, when they were enrolled as students in the Montezuma School District. Court records show the students were 12 and 13 years old at the time.

Bates taught high school English when he resigned in October 2012 after prosecutors charged him with providing alcohol to a minor.

Bates told authorities he drank whiskey with a 17-year-old boy at the high school.

Law enforcement said the alleged assaults did not take place on school property.

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