Iowa bill approved to define coaches as school employees

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Iowa Legislature approved a last-minute law to redefine coaches as school employees after the Iowa Supreme Court cleared a high school coach who had consensual sex with a 16-year-old student.

Some fear unintended consequences from rushing the legislation. The Iowa House approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, and the Iowa Senate approved it unanimously Thursday. It now awaits a signature from Gov. Terry Branstad.

The April 11 Iowa Supreme Court ruling raised eyebrows. The Court ordered sexual exploitation by a school employee charges dropped against Patrick Ryan Nicoletto, 36, a former high school basketball coach for the Davis County Community School District.

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