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Ottumwa teacher charged in sex case faces spring trial date

KTVO

An Ottumwa teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student will have his day in court next spring.

The trial of Zachary Barr was set to begin in mid-January.

But Barr's attorney had a scheduling conflict and asked the court to push back the trial.

On Friday, a district court judge agreed to push the trial date back until March 12.

Barr was a sixth-grade teacher at Evans Middle School when he was arrested in late June and charged with Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

If he is convicted of the most serious charge, he could face up to ten years in prison.

As a teacher, Barr is a mandatory child abuse reporter and therefore will not be eligible for a deferred judgement.

In June, a parent notified the Ottumwa Police Department of inappropriate messages that their daughter had received via social media from a former teacher.

Barr was then arrested a few weeks later.

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