Iowa Law Enforecement Academy hired teacher after demotion for harassment

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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 11:50 pm, Wed Jun 11, 2014.

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy hired an instructor even though he had been demoted from his previous job for harassing a female cadet, the academy's director confirmed Tuesday in the latest questionable personnel decision revealed at the institution.

The Ankeny Police Department downgraded Curtis Pote from sergeant to officer in 2011 after a 26-year-old officer candidate reported that he texted her a picture of himself shirtless and repeatedly requested a similar photograph of her. Pote was hired by ILEA the next year to teach about several subjects, including domestic violence, for a job partially supported by federal Violence Against Women Act funding.

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