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Complaint: Former Linn-Mar employee admitted sending obscene materials to student

Faces up to one year in jail if convicted

Marion Police Station in an aerial photograph in Marion on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)
Marion Police Station in an aerial photograph in Marion on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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.”

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