Davenport police arrested Daniel Schneiderman, the head basketball coach of Davenport North High School, on sexual abuse charges Friday.
Schneiderman, 37, of 4819 Armil Court, Davenport, is charged with one count of third-degree sexual abuse-forcible fondling, sexual exploitation by a school employee and telephone dissemination of obscene material to a minor.
According to an arrest affidavit filed Friday by Davenport Police Detective Erin Pape, Davenport police went to North High School on Friday to investigate allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a minor student.
According to Pape’s affidavit, the investigation revealed that in January 2011, Schneiderman kissed the victim and placed her on the floor and straddled her. He then fondled the victim. The victim was 14 years old at the time.
In June, Schneiderman sent a sexually explicit photograph of himself from his cellphone to the victim's cellphone, according to the affidavit.
Also, according to the affidavit, Schneiderman practiced a scheme to engage in sexual contact with the victim for the purpose of satisfying his sexual desires. Schneiderman furthered this scheme by exchanging sexually explicit text messages with the victim, grabbing her buttocks during school and making sexually explicit comments to her during school.
Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Sexual exploitation by a school employee is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years. Telephone dissemination of obscene material to a minor is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years.
Davenport Community School District spokeswoman Dawn Saul declined to comment on Schneiderman’s arrest or whether he has been fired or placed on leave.
As per district protocol, counseling services are available to students who request it, Saul said.
Schneiderman was being held Friday afternoon in the Scott County Jail on $10,000 bond.