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Iowa City School Board member arrested

BY NICK MOFFITT | SEPTEMBER 09, 2014 5:00 AM

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Iowa City School Board member Tuyet Dorau was arrested on Sept. 6 in Coralville and charged with domestic assault causing bodily injury.

The Iowa Code lists the charge as a serious misdemeanor. If convicted Dorau could face up to a year in jail and up to a maximum fine of $1,875.

According to the police complaint, an officer was called to Dorau’s Coralville residence at 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 6 and encountered Dorau, a man, and a witness.

The complaint said Dorau allegedly struck the man with a clothes hanger and physically attacked him. The man attempted to hold her down, according to the report, and in response, Dorau allegedly kicked him in the abdomen.

The man, according to the complaint, filed a no-contact order. A no-contact order in Iowa prohibits the defendant from contacting the person or any other person living with her or him.

Dorau was held and released on a $1,000 cash bond early on the morning of Sept. 6.

The Iowa City School District released a statement regarding Dorau’s arrest that said “the alleged incident involving Director Dorau is of a personal nature. The district does not have a position on the alleged events over the weekend.”

The School Board Code of Conduct states that members must act “ethically, businesslike and lawfully.” The code follows up by saying the board has the ability to interpret and apply these rules.

Any possible punishment regarding the incident would come from the board, but Chace Ramey, the chief human-resource officer for the district, said via e-mail that the district is not able to speculate or discuss the situation.

Dorau was re-elected to the Iowa City School Board in 2013 and is serving on the board until September 2017. During the 2013 election, she received the most votes of any at-large candidate.

According to her profile on the School District website, she lives in Coralville with her husband and has one son in the School District.

Dorau and other Iowa City School Board members did not respond to phone calls or e-mail’s for comment.


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