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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
August 29, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Substitue Teacher Charged with Sexual Exploitation

IDA COUNTY, Iowa – In May 2016, the Ida County Sheriff’s Office was made aware that a substitute teacher at the Maple Valley-Anthon Oto (MVAO) Community High School may have had an inappropriate relationship with a current student of the school.  The Ida County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), jointly initiated an investigation into John Raymond Glen Tietsort of rural Battle Creek, Iowa.  The investigation revealed that Tietsort; while acting as a long term substitute teacher, had repeated sexual contact with one student from MVAO and one student from OA-BCIG during the spring of 2016.

John Raymond Glen Tietsort, 32, was arrested Tuesday, August 23, 2016, and charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee in violation of Iowa Code 709.15(3)(a)(1), a Class D felony, and three counts of Lascivious Conduct with a Minor in violation of Iowa Code 709.14, a serious misdemeanor.  Tietsort was released on a $5000 cash bond on August 23, 2016. Tietsort is due back in court September 1, 2016.

Tietsort had also been employed as a substitute teacher for MVAO (Mapleton), OA-BCIG (Ida Grove), and Ridge View (Holstein) school districts.  Tietsort began teaching in January 2013.  Any other former students of Tietsort’s who wish to report inappropriate contact by Tietsort can call the Ida County Sheriff’s Office at 712-364-3146.  If you need help or resources but are undecided or do not wish to report to law enforcement, you can call the Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA) at 877-362-4612 or visit their website at

John Raymond Glen Tietsort Booking Photo

For media inquiries, please contact Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Darrell Simmons at 712-322-1585

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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