Marion teen convicted of sexually abusing kindergarten students sentenced
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) —
A former Marion high school student learned his fate today after he was convicted of sexually abusing three kindergarten students while volunteering in a classroom at Starry Elementary School in 2016.
A judge decided to send the now 16-year-old to the Department of Human Service's state training school in Eldora. The minor, who CBS2/FOX28 is choosing not to name, will go through group therapy once he admits to his crime.
Right now, the teen has not admitted anything.
The state recommends he remain in training school until he is 19 and a half years old. He could be out in 12 to 14 months for good behavior.
Emotions ran high in the courtroom as two of victims parents pleaded with the teen to admit to the crime and to be placed on the sex offenders list.
Once he's released from the program, he will have to ask for a hearing to avoid registering as a sex offender.
The minor could head to the state school as early as next week.
At the same time, a Starry Elementary kindergarten teacher is accused of not reporting known sexual abuse happening in her classroom.
Diane Graham entered a plea of not guilty. She was charged with one count of failure to report child abuse as a mandatory reporter.
She is asking for a change of venue for her trial. That hearing will take place June 8.