SEXUAL ABUSE: Former Teacher To Appear In Court

derek bates

A 27-year old former Montezuma high school English teacher facing child-sex charges will be in court Monday.

Derek Bates is charged with four counts of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and indecent contact with a child.

Court records show the alleged victims are 12 and 13-years-old.

Bates taught at the school from 2009, but he resigned last October after he admitted to drinking with a 17-year-old student in a classroom.

Bates is out of jail on bond.

If convicted on all the charges he’s facing, Bates could be sentenced to up to 65 years in prison.

46 comments

  • CJ

    My heart goes out to the children and their parents. I hope he gets sentenced to serve the full 65 years.

    • Mr montezuma

      People get this, after the allegations and the initial arrest of Bates,the city council of Montezuma allowed him to keep his position as Montezuma Comm. Director!. How can these people sleep at night??? Shame on Montezuma and shame on the silence of this once proud community. The day of reckoning is coming for Bates and the people who support him or who refuse to take a stand
      when it is so obvious he is guilty!!

      • Sue Farmington

        You are absolutely correct!!!!!!! He walks around like he don’t stink. Just sickening. I do not understand either how this town can be so blind eyed. Just like the kids who shot that eagle. The community thinks they did no wrong ” they are good kids”. Ok right? :(.

  • mr montezuma

    Sue hey, can you post this is Facebook??? This is where it needs to be so everyone can commnet on this, plus Monte needs to exposed in how it is letting him work the city, plus his suppoters need tpo be exposed!!!

    • Sue Farmington

      I’ll figure something out. Yeah he is still very active in the church with all those other kids. I understand forgiveness BUT considering Winthrop the school drinking with student on a Sunday night all alone in his classroom, ugh that should raise some serious red flags. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was any other incidents that no one knows about. ” oh but we know him” yeah they know him when they are with him BUT THEY obviously DONT KNOW HIM WHEN HE IS ALONE!!!

  • mr montezuma

    Get this on Facebook somehow!!! I wonder if Des Moines register might be interested in this story, Town lets child abuser be active part of comm. while he awaits trial???? Come on!!! Monte has way to many fence sitters. I have lost a lot of respect for some people i used to look up to in Monte. I feel his supporters should also serve his sentence with him, that way they would be able to get an up close experience of what it
    is like being a victim of abuse!!

  • NM

    Before I say anything- I am not a supporter of these types of convictions whatsoever. HOWEVER, IF and WHEN he is convicted, is when these type of posts should be published for the public to see. Shame on you for kicking a community down. I agree that once these accusations were made, he should not have been able to keep his position as Director. His family is trying to deal with this situation the best that they can. He does not parade around the community. Nothing like this has ever happened to such a tight-knit community, and everyone is trying to deal with these accusations in the best way that they can. When children are involved, it’s ten times worse. IF there are obvious signs that he is found guilty, justice will be served and he will do his time. However, that is up to the court system to deem him guilty… not for the public’s eye and the rumors being paraded around. But bashing Montezuma as a community is ridiculous. It is sickening to believe that a man that everyone knew is being accused of something so disgusting… however, if it’s true, necessary actions will be taken and I pray that the families (on both sides) will find some peace once trial is all over.

    • exmontezumian

      I do hope the families find peace. But 1) if they don’t find him guilty does NOT mean he’s innocent. He is NOT. But daddy will throw money at and try to make it go away.. OJ was not innocent. 2) you’re wrong, society is responsible for tolerance of Ill behavior if it’s accepted. Take a stand for what is right.. Hold people accountable! !

      • Sue Farmington

        No one in montezuma is ever held accountable for their actions. You can even shoot eagles and get away with it. As far they are concerned the eagle commited suicide.

  • KS

    Thank you NM. I was raised in the community and people trashing the name is absolutely ridiculous. If the closets were opened in any community, I’m sure you would find problems too. I’m proud to be from Montezuma. The school system prepared and inspired me to become a special education teacher, and there wasn’t a time I can think of that the entire community didn’t support all of our sporting events and activities. You disrespecting the community for what one person MAY have done is uncalled for. Innocent until proven guilty. So in respect for those who care for the families involved, please stop with the negativity and publicity.

    • NM

      I couldn’t have said it better myself KS. I was raised within the community and my children will attend that school. The same type of accusations have been made within Des Moines school districts- has Des Moines’ reputation been trashed because of it?… No. Never have I ever been ashamed of where I grew up and attended school. I wish more communities were like Montezuma. The community did not do this, one man is ACCUSED of doing this… nothing has been proven yet- hence the trial. In Montezuma, we were taught not to make accusations and assumptions towards someone until proven guilty.

    • mr montezuma

      Don’t trash the whole town just the city council, the paper who backed him, the people who started his defense fund, that is a whole lot of people. The most repulsive crime is pedophilia no cure for it, They will always have the urge to abuse kids,Now innocent until guilty huh, I just hope the time he was out he didn’t abuse any other kids. Look even if a small chance, kids need to be protected to utmost, degree. Ok so you think he is innocent, ever thought about kids he allegdley abused,and there families just once??? When all is said and done you are the one who will have to live with yourself as well as all those he believe he is innocent. I am sure you feel they are special ed kids,don’t have strong monte roots they are just wanting attention right??? Well pedophilles will always abuse the most helpless of victims, think about that, the victims were all sp ed. Say you have kids would you want them to be around an allegeded child molester, of course you wouldnt, even if it was just heresay.

      • exmontezumian

        Don’t know for sure if all the victims are special ed.. The two who came forward were. Don’t recall the 17 yr old he got drunk with at school as being special ed. I know of one child who, at 12 yrs old, snuck over to his house at midnight or 1AM.. HE Did not notify the parents.. but when questioned, he said he thought they knew.. (who let’s their 6th grader walk across town at those hours, then walk back at 3AM?) Children are afraid to speak up.. embarrassed. That child denied inappropriate contact.. but the situation was inappropriate. He is still involved with youth at that church?? People slow their child to be with him??

    • ex montezumian

      There are more that did not come forward. If he is still active with the youth at Community Hope Church, that is pathetic. I agree with those. . Shame on everyone for allowing him to go as if he did nothing wrong. He should be sitting in jail. Sorry for his parents.. good people.. naive but good hearted.

      • NM

        Ex Montezumian- I do agree that it’s not in the best interest of the community’s church to allow him to work with the youth at the church. At least until the trial is over and if he is proven innocent, he should be able to carry on within the community and live his life. However, throughout the trial period, he needs to lay low and focus on himself and his trial. It is terrible that his family is being faced with something like this and as well as the children and the children’s families.

  • NM

    Do you have a specific newspaper article that states that they are backing him? I would like to see it… because of all the articles I have read, no side was ever taken between Bates and the children per the newspaper. Now, the fact that you would bring up that because the children were special ed children, that they can’t have a say because they don’t have deep Monte roots for being the reason that we do not believe the allegations are true is obsurd! The fact that the children were special ed was never even mentioned until you brought that up? And of course I would NEVER want my children around a child abuser.. but like we have mentioned he’s not CONVICTED of those allegations UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. I don’t recall saying that he didn’t do it… nor did I ever say that he did. Being Mr. Montezuma, I can only assume that you know what kind of sense the community holds. Just like the families who have the right to back the children up, the family of Bates has the same right. As I have said before, I do not side with Bates and believe that he could have never done this, because it’s usually the people who you would never believe could do such a thing, does, however, I am not going to point my fingers either.

  • exmontezumian

    Not all the children he approached were special ed and not all came forward. There is more that will not be told because of embarrassment. I admire those who came forward.

    • mr montezuma

      NM please look at at The Record paper, a Monte paper. June or July of 2013 before being sold the owner Chuck Dunham had an editorial stating Bates innocence. Derek was employed by him.as a writer..In the June 27th Record, you had a short contact article for Bates defense fund. It was founded by Cathy Wilson and The Nunnells with phone numbers and adresses to contribute to his defense fund

  • kt

    I’m unsure how you could possibly live in such an awful town Mr Montezuma….a town that stands up for each other, a community that supports one another, a place where (god forbid) someone is innocent until proven guilty?! You realize there is a simple solution for you, maybe you should move!?! The entire situation is sad, sad for children involved and sad for families involved. I do not for one second condone any of the allegations, the proven ones nor the unproven ones, however, call me niave, but I chose to let the judicial system figure it out, not hearsay. Unless you are the children involved or Mr. Bates, you have no idea what happened. I’ve lived in Montezuma my entire life, I raised my children in Montezuma and hope to watch my grandchildren raised here. Maybe you would feel the same if you got out and got involved with people or got involved in the community, instead of bashing it behind your keyboard!

    • Jim Wise

      When I read the local newspaper defend Bates and trash the local police department and county attorney, with no regard to the victims or their parents who may be reading it is embarrassing. When I see ex local teachers heading a defense fund for Bates, again with no regard for the victims or their parents, it is embarrassing. When I walk into a local establishment to have a beer or a cup of coffee and hear locals cast doubts on four separate kids rather than the teacher who lacked the good judgement not to get hammered on a Sunday night in the school with an underage student it is embarrassing. When I see Bates’ name continue to be the “interim” economic development, it is embarrassing.

      The whole idea of innocent till proven guilty applies to not sentencing or lynching, but for a guy already proven to lack any sort of good judgement in the fall of 2012 and accused by four different kids anyone with a bit of common sense can see what the truth is. The fact that many can’t is embarrassing for the community and if they had a bit of self-awareness for themselves.

      Obviously, not everyone in Montezuma is guilty. I am confident many leaders in the community are quietly disgusted by the actions of Bates and his defenders. If those who defended him so vociferously are not yet embarrassed, they soon will be.

    • Sue Farmington

      So you see NO RED FLAGS here hah?? Nothing weird about him drinking in the school on a Sunday night, no other teacher or adult around, or kids. Drinking so bad that the KID IS FOUND IN HIS VEHICLE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD PASSED OUT!!!! What if he passed out ugh crossed some lines and hit someone head on, maybe if your kids were out driving or riding their bikes or walking from a friends. I am sure that wasn’t the first time stuff like that had happened. Just the time it was bad enough to get caught.

      AND WHY ON EARTH WOULD FOUR KIDS COME OUT OF NO WHERE MAKE THIS UP CONSIDERING HOW BAD THIS IS!!!!! Really???? And put their families thru all this. When things are done to you like that, your in shock. I’m sure you have no idea how that feels to have been sexually assaulted DO YOU???

    • exmontezumian

      Kt.. what if.. This were your child he molested? Then what would you say? You’d already know the truth..

  • Sue Farmington

    Amen Jim Wise!!!!! And for the record…. Those kids ARE NOT SPECIAL ED OR RETARDED… GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

    • mr montezuma

      I understand innocent until proven guilty. However one thing we know of is his guilt in drinking with a student in the school building, If he exhibits such poor judgement with this, he is capable of even worse acts. Another thing what was Derek trying to accomplish in violating a schools sacred trust by drinking with one of his students in his own classroom on a Sunday night??? I mean you don’t have to be Einstein here to figure out Derek’s probable intentions. Derek has admitted to drinking with student, He drank so much he had to get his stomach pumped, but lets give him benefit of a doubt with the abuse charges..come on!!!!!

  • kt

    Who said anything about the children being special education students?! I see no where above where anyone said that Sue?!?

    • Sue Farmington

      Well “KT”. It has been mentioned PLENTY of times around town and in other discussion areas pertaining to DEREK BATES.

  • mr montezuma

    KT it seems you have your hand on the pulse of Montezuma, yet no one has ever told you they were sp ed kids??? Are you sure you are from Monte???

  • kt

    Again, mr Montezuma, I chose not to listen to hearsay, I’m referring to comments made here…..where no one mentioned that the children involved were special education students. KS simply stated that he/she is now a special education teacher. Perfect example of someone taking a small piece of information and running with it……

  • mr monrezuma

    KT my guess you are from New Hope Church, What will you do if it comes out after his trial he abused more kids who were scared to come out, maybe a few when he was youth pastor???

  • kt

    Actually, although my religious preference is none of your concern nor does it have anything to do with this discussion, however I’ll let you know that I do not attend any church. And if it comes out through a trial that more children were involved, I’ll feel just as sick as you. I’m not a cold hearted person, I’m not oblivious to the world, I am simply stating my opinion as you are. The difference between you & I are simple, I’m not jumping on either “side”, I’m not knocking the children involved, the families involved, the community involved, the churches involved nor anyone supporting either side. I’m not passing information on that has been told or heard first, second or even third hand.

  • mr monrezuma

    I understand we both want the same thing. I guess why my motives are so strong on this is i have worked with young people for 20 plus years. Anyone that violates the trust such be dealt with harshly. Ok yea but KT why should i give him the benefit after he admitted do drinking with a student in his classroom no doubt. Look i don’t have any kids if I did and Derek had them in class I would wonder if something happened there. That is what gets me where are all the parents in this??? Aren’t they outraged that maybe there child might have been a victim of abuse or someone who bought alcohol for their kid??? i know how Monte works with rumors and inuendos, I have also been told that their are more kids who were scared to come forward, that i say is rumor going around but we will find out soon. Look i know the Bates family is highly thought of in comm. but if it walks like a duck etc etc. I feel that Derek was obvuisly gay, if you work with young people a lot you can tell who might be.I was arond him as a teen and it was plain as the nose on your face. And that is fine i have zero problem with gay people especially young people who agonize over it during their teen yrs. Come on you know Dereks mom had to know, friends of family had to know but Derek wanting to please everyone puts on an act to please his family. Why did Derek (allegedlly, please) abuse the kids??? Covering up the fact of what he really is causes this kind of behavior. I think anyone in Monte behind close doors will tell you Derek is gay. So lets get back to family, if indeed this is the case shouldn’t they take on some blame for not letting derek be who he is?? Please dont tell me about his being married she did it for a passport and to legitimize him in his parents eyes

  • mr montezuma

    Kt in the end we want the same thing. The reason for my strong feelings is that I have worked with young people for 20 yrs. Anyone that violates young people for me is the worst crime of all. Look there is a deeper question something no has brought up but behind close doors everyone knows, Derek is gay.. I have zero against gay people, i have been around young people who are dealing with their sexuality and no how much they suffer. The bates family is well respected in Monte, however do you mean to tell me his family didn’t know he was gay too?? Especially when he was younger??? walks like a duck etc etc. Come on moms can pick this up right away. What could be the most embarrassing thing for a well respected monte family can have, a gay member in the family. Derek wanted to please his family and the town but doing what is expected of him not was is most natural to him.. Unable to be who he is he is driven to do what he allegedly please…..did to some young people in our comm. Derek is married, really do you really buy that charade??? She got american citzenship, he got legitimize for family and town. Any psychologist will tell if you supress who you are can lead to it coming out in negative ways.
    I am sure Derek knew that being gay was not something that was accepted in family or comm.so then is it possible his family is to blame???Friends of family??? The town????

    • glad to not live in montezuma

      First, I’ll start with this. Who the heck do you think you are, “Mr. Montezuma?” Why do you think it’s your job to accuse and judge people? From what I’ve read, you clearly don’t know all the facts. I am from Montezuma and went to school there from K-12. From what you say, you must have been some sort of prominent figure in the community, which means I have probably bumped into you once or twice. Heck, I might have even looked up to you at one point. If that’s the case, then I’m ashamed to have known you. I don’t live in Montezuma anymore and I’m so glad for that. I can’t imagine living in a place where people are ready to pounce on my every past mistake and start rumors just to make their own boring lives more exciting. You have nothing to do with this case. Why are you getting so involved?? Also, the fact that you brought up Derek’s wife’s citizenship is disgusting. I know first hand what it is like to be married to a foreigner. My spouse had to leave family, friends, coworkers and church family behind when we got married and came to the U.S. We had to go through a mountain of paperwork and many obstacles to be together. You have no idea what Derek’s wife had to go through to come here or what she left behind. She did it because her and Derek are clearly in love and not because she wanted an easy citizenship. It hurts me to the depths of my soul that people just assume that they want citizenship. How dare you even bring that up. That is so ignorant. Let me guess, you are going to start a debate on immigration now…

    • Sue Farmington

      OMG mr. Montezuma !!! You hit the nail on the head!!! Often wondered the same thing, and then he got married and thought ” ok maybe he’s not”.

    • exmontezumian

      Are you kidding me? his actions are his fault. And I’ve known him since he was a child, I was shocked to hear he got married, and also think the chances of it being a marriage of convenience and a masquerade are highly likely. All gay people aren’t pedophiles. . That’s an entirely different thing..

  • kt

    I think it’s time I simply agree to disagree with you Mr Montezuma. It was never my intention to drag religion, sexual preference, marital relations or any other speculation one may have into the world wide web for blood hungry people to have a field day with. Have a great day Mr Montezuma!

    • Sue Farmington

      It’s called justice KT, it’s called justice!!! Kind of funny how all of the victims are of the ” male ” gender. So yeah, a sexual preference should be an issue to be considered because of his actions. Insure hope justice will come. No matter how far in depth with fancy lawyers they have.

  • mr montezuma

    Sue thank you for the comments!! I will not post again until after the trial. I think that some of Derek’s suporters will go back into the holes they crawled into after the verdict, But wait they shouldn’t get off so easy, Maybe the judge should make it a requirement to anyone who contributed to Dereks defense fund 50-100 hrs community service dealing exclusively with victims of child abuse, I think this would be more than fair! The day of reckoning is coming, see ya after the trial:)

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