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A teacher with 29 years of experience in the Waterloo School District is free after prosecutors charged him on Tuesday with five counts of lascivious conduct with a minor. Each count is classified as a serious misdemeanor.
Larry D. Twigg, 52, is a computer teacher at Waterloo West High School. Black Hawk County investigators state, in a criminal complaint, that Twigg coerced a 17-year-old male to his Waterloo home between November 27, 2009 and January 9, for varying activities.
The complaint alleges Twigg, in one case, paid the minor to “strip down to his boxers, stand in the shower and let the defendant pour chocolate syrup and other items over him”. Another charge against Twigg states he paid the minor to “strip down to his boxers, go outside and make snow angels” at Twigg's home.
Investigators also claim Twigg:
- had two instances where a minor would play video games at Twigg's home, with the student taking off pieces of clothing depending on the student's video game performance.
- had the student lie on a bed, in boxers, and spank him.
Waterloo Police Captain Tim Pillack said Twigg did post the $25,000 bond after his arrest. “After we talked with the victim, we talked with the suspect,” said Pillack. “Basically, Mr. Twigg admitted to some of the accusations.”
Dr. Denise Schares, associate superintendent with the Waterloo Community School District, said Twigg has been with the district since 1981 and is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.
“It's very concerning to all of us,” said Schares. “We would like to let everyone know the student's safety is the ultimate concern for all of us.”
Schares said the district employs “between 750 and 800 teachers” and that employees do go through a background check procedure that she describes as “fairly extensive”.
In the parking lot at Waterloo West, some parents offered opinions on the arrest.
"You can't blame the district for the fault of one person and once they found out about it, they took the proper measures to take care of everything," said Reatha Phillips, mother of a West High student.
"I'm assuming and hoping the school did what they thought was right and what they could do for the students and faculty," said Judy Lee, who has a grandaughter at West High.
Twigg's arrest is the district's third arrest of a teacher or athletic coach in the past seven weeks. Police arrested Waterloo East head football coach Antonio Mays, 32, on January 4th in a traffic stop, after investigators say, they found marijuana in his car.
Three weeks before that, Edward Madlock, 38, a girls' basketball coach at Waterloo East, was arrested after Waterloo Police found marijuana during a traffic stop on December 15, 2009.
Black Hawk Assistant County Attorney Joel Dalrymple said Twigg is facing five counts of lascivious conduct with a minor (709.14). Dalrymple said the maximum penalty on each count is one year in jail.
Chris Earl, KCRG-TV