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Trial date set for Sisk's Lee County case

Jan 03, 2014


Special to the Mt. Pleasant News

KEOKUK — A sexual abuse lawsuit filed in February against a former Keokuk School District teacher, her ex-employer and a past Keokuk High School administrator will be brought to trial in September 2014.

A one-time Keokuk student, identified in court records as “Jane Doe II,” has accused her former track coach Gina Sisk of abuse that allegedly occurred from 2009 to 2011. The district put Sisk on paid administrative leave after a similar suit was filed in late 2012 in Henry County, where another previous student known as “Jane Doe” alleges that Sisk – then a teacher and coach in the New London School District – abused her from 2000 to 2006.

Sisk resigned from coaching high school girls track and teaching middle school physical education in May. She was paid approximately $70,000 in salary and benefits while on leave.

Jane Doe II included the district and ex-KHS Principal Michelle Lukavsky in the suit for allegedly neglecting to investigate abuse claims.

Jane Doe II is represented by Roxanne Conlin of Des Moines. Lukavsky and the district are represented by Steven Ort of New London, while Sisk is represented by Alfredo Parrish and Tammy Westhoff Gentry of Des Moines.

Proceedings have been relatively quiet since the South Lee County trial date was set in August. On Oct. 23, Conlin filed a motion to compel, stating that documents her client requested had been received from Sisk’s attorneys but not from Ort on behalf of Lukavsky or the district. Ort filed a resistance to the motion on Nov. 12, stating that the documents in question were sent to Conlin on Oct. 30. Conlin withdrew the motion.

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