The Ottumwa Courier

May 30, 2013

Teacher sentenced to state prison

Courier staff writer

---- — BLOOMFIELD — A former teacher convicted of improper conduct with a student and with a minor has been sentenced to state prison.

Ryan Grinstead, a math teacher at Davis County High School, had been charged with lascivious conduct with a minor, a serious misdemeanor; third-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony carrying up to a 10-year sentence; and sexual exploitation by a school employee. That’s a Class D felony, with a punishment of up to five years in prison.

On March 14, Grinstead agreed to give up his right to a jury trial. This week, a judge sentenced Grinstead to two five-year sentences to be served at the same time. He also has a no-contact order with the victim.

According to documents filed in Davis County District Court by police, authorities allege that during the 2009 school year, Grinstead “engaged in ... sexual conduct with a student. The defendant was employed as a Davis County High School teacher and the student was a senior” during that time period.

One set of specific complaints against Grinstead read: “Sex acts occurred at the apartment of [Grinstead] ... and in the classroom where [Grinstead] taught. The defendant ... also engaged in physical abuse against the student.”

Bloomfield Police said that the second felony concerned a female who was younger than the high school senior in the first charge.

The Bloomfield Police Department originally arrested Grinstead in September 2011.

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