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Former teacher arrested for alleged relationship with student

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WATERLOO | A former teacher and coach has been arrested for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Waterloo police arrested Daniel Paul Ankrum, 32, of 215 Prospect Ave., on Friday for one count of misdemeanor sexual exploitation by a school employee. He was released from jail later that day.

Ankrum was a teacher at East High and coached the school’s girls’ cross country and track teams, according to school officials.

According to court records, Ankrum had a relationship with a 16-year-old female student while he was a teacher. The relationship included sexual contact and lasted from January until March, records state.

School officials said Ankrum was placed on paid administrative leave on April 10 when the allegations came to light, and police were notified.

“He was immediately removed from contact with our students,” said Tara Thomas, spokeswoman for the Waterloo Community School District. She said he remains on leave.

A chef who once ran the Arthouse Cafe at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Ankrum had been endorsed to teach culinary arts.

He started with the school district as a para-educator in October 2012 and last year was hired as a teacher, teaching family and consumer science. He was also the head girls’ cross country coach and an assistant girls’ track coach.

Thomas said he was released of his coaching duties in April when he was placed on leave.

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