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Court to set trial date in Jane Doe II vs. Gina Sisk case

May 20, 2013


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KEOKUK — Attorneys in the case of Jane Doe II vs. Gina Sisk, Michelle Lukavsky and the Keokuk School District will gather for a civil trial-setting conference at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 11.

According to a notice filed Monday at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk, the conference will be initiated by Jane Doe II or her attorney Roxanne Conlin of Des Moines.

Attorney Steven Ort of New London will appear on behalf of former high school Principal Lukavsky and the district, while Sisk will be represented by Des Moines attorneys Alfredo Parrish and Tammy Westhoff Gentry.

The agreed-upon trial date won’t be changed unless unforeseen circumstances arise, according to the notice.

Jane Doe II is a former Keokuk student who claims Sisk — a middle school physical education teacher and high school girls track coach — sexually abused her from 2008 to 2011.

Sisk is on paid administrative leave from the district.

Jane Doe II alleges that Sisk, Lukavsky and the district caused emotional distress and were negligent, the lawsuit says. The also failed to respond sufficiently to the abuse claims and failed to provide equal protection under the law, according to the lawsuit.

Jane Doe II also alleges the district let the alleged abuse happen on school property.

A similar case is ongoing in Henry County, where a woman identified as “Jane Doe” claims Sisk sexually abused her about a decade ago when Sisk taught in the New London School District. The case is under review by the Iowa Supreme Court, due to defense motions that the case be dropped because the statute of limitations has expired.

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