New London appeals Sisk case to Iowa Supreme Court
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
DES MOINES — The New London Community School District is now turning to the Iowa Supreme Court to grant an immediate appeal of the Henry County District Court ruling, which denied its motion of summary judgment in the sexual assault case involving Jane Doe and Gina Sisk.
In a statement from Steven Ort, New London School District’s attorney, the school district believes the statute of limitations provided in the Iowa Tort Claims act has expired and the lawsuit against the school district should be dismissed.
According to the statement, the school district is hoping to avoid considerable costs and expense by having the issue decided by the Supreme Court prior to trial.
Sisk is represented by Tammy Westoff Gentry and Alfredo Parrish.
There is no trial date set in Henry County for the sexual assault case.
In March of 2012, Jane Doe filed a civil case against Sisk and the New London Community School District, alleging that Sisk had sexually assaulted Doe from 2000 to 2006, beginning when Sisk was her eighth-grade track coach and ending over a year after Doe graduated from New London High School.
Doe, represented by Roxanne Barton Conlin, claims that the full extent of her injuries were not discovered until 2011; therefore the statute of limitations had not run out.
On Jan. 7, 2013, a hearing for summary judgment was held and Judge Danielson ruled that neither the New London Community School District nor Sisk had proved that the statute of limitations had run out on Doe’s claim and therefore denied the motions for summary judgment.
On Feb. 27, 2013, another lawsuit was filed in Lee County against Sisk alleging sexual assault against a student.
Jane Doe II, also represented by Conlin, is a former Keokuk school district student who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Sisk – her track coach – from March 2009 until March 2011.
The filing of the second lawsuit falls just inside the two year statute of limitations.