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Posted on: June 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Marshalltown Police Department Investigates Sexual Exploitation Allegation

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On June 24, 2021, the Marshalltown Police Department received allegations concerning potential exploitation and inappropriate contact between an adult male and a seventeen-year-old juvenile. Further investigation revealed that the adult male has been a teacher in the Marshalltown Community School District and the juvenile has been a student in the district. 

On June 30, 2021, the Marshalltown Police Department arrested Mark Edward Farris Esquivel, age 26, of Marshalltown. Mr. Esquivel has been charged with Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee (Class D Felony). Mr. Esquivel is being held in the Marshall County Jail pending an initial court appearance. A photo of Mr. Esquivel was not available at the time of publication of this media release.

This is an active investigation. Allegations under investigation involve inappropriate contact and communication between Mr. Esquivel and the juvenile. It is alleged Mr. Esquivel engaged in a pattern of conduct by communicating with a minor for the purpose of soliciting sexual contact with said minor. It is alleged Mr. Esquivel committed these acts while employed as a teacher and coach and that he knew the minor was under the age of eighteen.

Anyone with information about this crime should call the Marshalltown Police Department at 641.754.5725.  Additionally, tips can be submitted by calling 641.753.1234, or via text messaging by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES (274637), or online at www.marshallcountycs.com. All tips are anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip results in an arrest.

(A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.)

For more information, please contact Police Chief Michael Tupper by calling 641.754.5771 or via email at mtupper@marshalltown-ia.gov.

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