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Teacher's license officially suspended for inappropriate texts

LAKE MILLS, Iowa (KTTC)--The Board of Educational Examiners has suspended the teaching license of a Lake Mills elementary teacher for 18 months.

Mark Van Gorkom was the high school girls' basketball coach and fifth grade teacher.

According to the board, Van Gorkom is alleged to have sent hundreds of inappropriate text messages to female students.

The school district terminated Van Gorkom from teaching and coaching in March 2010 after students alerted officials of the text messages between him and female students.

A forensic examination of Van Gorkom's cell phone recovered a portion of the messages, giving the board probable cause to file charges.

No criminal charges were filed.

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