Prosecutor seeks review of ex-teacher’s probation sentence

Charles City, Iowa (AP) – A county prosecutor says she has asked a judge to review a sentence given to a former band teacher who may have inappropriately been given probation.

Floyd County Attorney Rachel Ginbey said she has asked a judge to review the suspended 10-year sentence given to Benjamin Thompson, who pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl in Floyd County.

Ginbey says she thinks the probation sentence violated an Iowa law requiring teachers to spend time in prison if convicted of sexually abusing children.

Ginbey took the action after a Des Moines Register story published Sunday noted numerous cases in which educators were given probation in apparent violation of the law.

Thompson, who taught at Pella High, also received probation after pleading guilty to sexual abuse charges in Marion County.

The sentencing judge was Judge Gregg Rosenbladt.

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