Van Dam To Remain In Federal Custody

A former Sioux Center Christian school teacher will remain in federal custody on child sexual exploitation and pornography charges.

During a hearing in US District Court in Sioux City Monday afternoon Judge Kelly Mahoney said the lengthy time period in which the alleged offenses occurred, the numerous victims, and their age convince her the community was not safe if Curtis Van Dam were allowed to be released in advance of his trial.

Last Friday, the Sioux Center Police Department arrested Van Dam at his Van Dam was arrested on a warrant issued by the US District Court for sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.

Van Dam was initially charged by police on October 23rd… with additional charges filed in early November. He was released after posting bond in December, with trial on the state charges scheduled for March sixth.