A Keokuk Middle School teacher has been on paid administrative leave since March because of a lawsuit filed by one of her former students claiming sexual abuse, the school district confirmed on Tuesday.
"The Keokuk Community School District is aware of certain claims made in a lawsuit against teacher Gina Sisk," Keokuk Superintendent Tim Hood said in a statement. "Ms. Sisk is currently on administrative leave pending our own investigation into the claims.
"We have not made any final conclusions yet regarding the claims," Hood Added.
The lawsuit claims physical education instructor Gina Sisk, who was teaching at the New London School District in Henry County at the time, sexually abused one of her students several times during a six-year period.
The plaintiff is referred to as "Jane Doe" in the lawsuit and was 14-years-old when the alleged abuse started in July of 2000. The lawsuit also claims that Doe didn't realize the extent of the abuse until she entered counseling in March of 2011.
According to the lawsuit, Doe claimed to have threatened to go to authorities several times but was fearful of what Sisk would do if she did.
Doe claimed to have enlisted in the Marine Corps in May of 2003 in an effort to get away from Sisk. All communication between Sisk and Doe ended in 2006, according to the legal documents.
The New London School District is also named in the lawsuit.
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