West Liberty Police make arrest in sexual exploitation case

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West Liberty is a resource-rich city with a diverse population and a small-town feel. Our location provides easy access to Interstate 80, Muscatine, Iowa and the Mississippi River, and Iowa City, with the University of Iowa. The community is strong in volunteerism, supportive of education and has a progressive view for the future of our town.

Muscatine Living

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–On the evening of Monday, March 7, the West Liberty Police Department arrested Emily Resendiz on several charges, including sexual exploitation and second-degree sex abuse.

On Jan. 24, the West Liberty Police Department received a report that Resendiz, a counselor at the West Liberty Middle School, allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a student. The West Liberty Police Department received assistance from the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office and the JFACT Lab in Johnson County as they served several warrants and collected multiple pieces of evidence. During the investigation, they discovered evidence that Resendiz allegedly had sexual contact with a student on at least two separate occasions.

The department charged Resendiz following crimes:

  • Criminal trespass.
  • Violation of a no contact order.
  • Sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, or school employee.
  • Two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

The West Liberty Police Department continues actively seeking more information on this investigation. If you or anyone you know has any information about this case, please contact the West Liberty Police Department by calling 319-627-2223.

Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation constitute serious crimes and never the fault of the victim. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse or exploitation, the West Liberty Police Department encourages you to come forward so they can assist you with resources.

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