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Former Waterloo teacher's sentence and conviction upheld

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A former Waterloo teacher is going to prison. The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld Larry Twigg's conviction and sentence.

Twigg, who taught at Waterloo West, was sentenced to two years in prison. Last year, a jury convicted him of lewd conduct for a number of things, including playing strip video games with a student in his home.

One thing he challenged is that he persuaded or coerced the student, who was 17 years old at the time, to take part. He claims the student knew what was expected of him if he came over to make up school assignments or earn money. 

The court says by offering the victim money or better grades to play the game, that's enough evidence to show he persuaded or coerced the victim.

In the documents filed Wednesday, the court gave very specific reasons for the sentence in this case. Basically, it came down to three key things: trust, his role as a teacher and whether the sentence would deter others from doing the same thing. 

The court says he built a relationship with the victim and isolated him in his home. As a teacher, he was a mandatory reporter of child abuse so he knew what the limitations were with students. 

Finally, the court said probation is not appropriate, that people must understand there will be serious consequences for this kind of behavior.

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