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84 counts of sex abuse filed against teacher

SIOUX CENTER — A northwest Iowa fifth-grade teacher already charged with lascivious acts with a child now faces 84 counts of sexual abuse and other charges.

Police say 36-year-old Curtis Van Dam, of Sioux Center, also is charged with 14 counts of sexual exploitation by a teacher. Jail records say he remained in custody Thursday. Police say the charges stem from incidents involving numerous children between August 2013 and last month. The crimes occurred at various locations.

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