MARION — A former employee of the Linn-Mar Community School District admitted to police that he sent a 17-year-old student obscene materials on Aug. 1, a criminal complaint shows.
Marcus Cain, 26, of Cedar Rapids, was charged Thursday with dissemination/exhibition of obscene materials to minors, a serious misdemeanor.
The complaint shows Cain shared the obscene materials to the student at his home in Marion. Police received a complaint from school officials about Cain electronically sending obscene materials to the 17-year-old.
During questioning, Cain admitted to police that he sent the materials, and a search of his cellphone confirmed the offense, the complaint states.
If convicted, Cain faces up to one year in jail and fines.
Cain was released on a promise to appear, and an initial appearance is set for Nov. 10 in Linn County Associate District Court.
Linn-Mar School Board documents show Cain worked as a student support associate at the Four Oaks residential site in Marion starting in June. He was fired Oct. 5. He also had worked at Linn-Mar High School.
Four Oaks, a child welfare not-for-profit organization, works with the Linn-Mar district to provide the ATLAS program. The program helps teenage boys with education and mental health needs, Linn-Mar district spokesman Matthew May said Thursday.
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May said the district contacted Marion police after investigating multiple accusations made against Cain.
Marion Police Sgt. Scott Elam said Thursday there is also a separate, unrelated investigation of another former employee of the Linn-Mar School District.
May said the district contacted police about the second former employee after a separate investigation. He declined to provide further details because it involved “personnel matters.”