Former Iowa principal found dead amid sex misconduct allegations

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A former high school principal in Iowa was found dead amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.


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Marshalltown Police officers were attempting to serve search and arrest warrants to William Terry on July 22, as part of a sexual exploitation investigation, reported WHO13 News.

As officers entered the home, they heard a gunshot from inside.

They found a man in the basement, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a news release.

There were no other injuries and none of the officers fired their weapons, added police.

The investigation began on July 6 when Marshalltown police were notified about allegations of sexual exploitation and inappropriate sexual contact involving Terry, 47, and a former student.

Terry was an associate principal at Marshalltown High School at the time the alleged misconduct occurred.


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Terry’s death comes after an Iowa teacher was found fatally shot after he was arrested for having inappropriate contact with a 13-year-old.

The body of Adam Edgington, 42, was discovered in his parked car on July 8, a day after he was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation.

The middle school teacher had been released from jail on bond and was due to appear in court later this month.

Edgington was accused of kissing and fondling a 13-year-old student several times within the last school year, reported WHO13 News.

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Authorities stated he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Their deaths follow accusations against a third employee in the school district.

Mark Esquivel, 26, was charged with sexual exploitation June 30 for allegedly attempting repeatedly to solicit sex from a 17-year-old.


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Esquivel has since resigned from his high school physical education teacher job at the same high school where Terry worked.

“As a result of the allegations, the district is reviewing all existing selection and hiring processes,” Theron Schutte, superintendent of Marshalltown Community School District, said in a statement.

“The district will also be providing additional training on staff ethics and responsibilities, and is reviewing the curriculum to ensure all students are informed about reporting — and empowered to seek help — if a concerning situation arises.”

Police say their investigations are ongoing.


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