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Attorney wants client to remain anonymous

Mar 29, 2013

Special to MP News

KEOKUK- The attorney of a woman who claims she was abused by a Keokuk teacher is requesting that the court allow her client, “Jane Doe II,” to remain anonymous.

On Wednesday, attorney Roxanne Conlin of Des Moines filed a motion resisting New London attorney Steven Ort’s motion for dismissal/disclosure of her client’s identity. Ort filed the motion March 18 on behalf of the Keokuk School District and former Keokuk High School Principal Michelle Lukavsky.

Ort cited the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure, which states that “every action must be prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest.” Additionally, he didn’t believe Jane Doe II would face “prejudice or harm” by identifying herself.

Conlin argues that the passage cited by Ort in the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure doesn’t apply to Jane Doe II’s civil lawsuit case against the district, Lukavsky and Gina Sisk – the Keokuk Middle School teacher who’s accused of having sexually assaulted Jane Doe II from 2009 to 2011.

Conlin asked that Jane Doe II be permitted to remain anonymous “to protect herself from public ridicule and physical and mental harm.”

“Despite defendants’ counsel’s continued efforts to argue otherwise, Iowa district courts have continually held in recent and similar cases that proceeding under the pseudonym ‘Jane Doe’ is both appropriate and reasonable,” the resistance document stated.

A similar case is ongoing in Henry County, where Conlin is representing former New London student “Jane Doe” in two separate suits – one against Sisk and the New London School District and the other against Sisk as an individual. Jane Doe has accused Sisk of sexual abuse that allegedly took place from 2000 to 2006.

Sisk is on paid administrative leave from the Keokuk School District. She is being represented by Tammy Westhoff Gentry and Alfredo Parrish of Des Moines.

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