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Judge roles on motions in Sisk case

Jul 31, 2013

By MEGAN SPEES

Special to the Mt. Pleasant News

KEOKUK — The attorneys in a sexual abuse suit filed against a former Keokuk teacher have agreed on the terms of a protective order on case-related records.

The order was signed Friday by Eighth Judicial District Judge Michael Schilling and filed Monday at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk. It outlines the types of information that are considered “confidential” in the case, which a former Keokuk student filed against ex-teacher and coach Gina Sisk.

The former student, identified in court records as “Jane Doe II,” alleges that Sisk abused her from 2009 to 2011. Jane Doe II also alleges that the Keokuk School District and former Keokuk High School Principal Michelle Lukavsky were negligent in failing to investigate Jane Doe II’s claims.

Under the protective order, confidential information includes employment, financial, medical or other records that “if disclosed could cause unwarranted damage to the person or entity designating the document as confidential,” including witnesses.

The order states that confidential information can be used during the trial in September 2014, but the manner in which it’s disclosed will be determined by the court or by agreement of the parties in the case.

At an Aug. 12 hearing, the court will determine whether a Keokuk Police Department file from 2009, regarding a report from Jane Doe II, will be covered by the protective order.

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