A former Marshalltown Community School District employee has been found dead in north Ames as police were attempting to serve an arrest warrant.
According to an Ames Police Department press release, the death occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. The release stated that Marshalltown Police Department officers were attempting to enter a home at 3715 Columbine Circle when they heard a gunshot. Ames Police Department officers were then summoned to the scene. The officers proceeded to enter the home, where they found a deceased male in the basement, who officials believed died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Marshalltown PD also issued a press release on Friday indicating the reason for the officers’ investigation in Ames. According to the release, the department was at the Columbine Circle home to serve a search warrant and arrest warrant to a former MCSD employee. On July 6, authorities received allegations that the former school employee had sexually exploited a former student and had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with that same student.
Ames PD is now heading up a death investigation in connection with the apparent suicide, and the name of the deceased male is not being released until the notification of family.
Marshalltown PD is continuing its investigation into the claims of sexual exploitation and misconduct by the former school employee, according to its release.
This is officially the third known case of potential sexual misconduct by Marshalltown school employees in recent time. On June 30, Marshalltown PD announced the arrest of 26-year-old Mark Esquivel of Marshalltown on claims he had inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old juvenile during his time as a school employee. Esquivel had been a Physical Education instructor at Marshalltown High School. Just a week later, Marshalltown PD announced the arrest of another school employee, 42-year-old Adam Edgington of Nevada, for sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old girl at Miller Middle School. Edgington had been a Language Arts teacher at the school.
Thursday’s apparent suicide in Ames also marks the second recent death involving accused school employees. Edgington, just over 24 hours after he had been released following his arrest, was found dead in a vehicle south of Nevada. The Story County Sheriff’s Office deemed Edgington’s death as a suicide.
This is a developing story. StoryCounty.News will provide more information as it becomes available.