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VAN DAM SENTENCED TO ANOTHER 60 YEARS IN PRISON (Update)

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A former Sioux County school teacher has been sentenced to another 60 years in prison after previously pleading guilty to having sexual contact with at least six young boys.

37-year-old Curtis Van Dam will serve that term consecutively after a 15 year federal sentence last year for sexual exploitation of a child.

Van Dam was sentenced by Judge Steven Andreasen Friday in Sioux County District Court and under the sentence Van Dam must serve a minimum of 17 1/2 years following his federal term.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says he was satisfied with the verdict:

OC………federal prison term. ;20

Van Dam formerly taught at Sioux Center Christian School and was implicated in dozens of incidents over a four year period at various locations involving boys under the age 13.

Nineteen parents and boys read victim’s impact statements at the sentencing.

Josh Bowar is the head of the school and says he is thankful for the bravery of the victims:

OC…………to be heroes. :13

Van Dam was initially charged with 146 counts, including 73 counts of sexual abuse, in Iowa District Court.

Updated 5:58 am 1/12/19