Ex-western Iowa teacher accused of sex with student

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A former western Iowa high school teacher has been arrested and charged on suspicion of having sex with one of his students.

Council Bluffs police say 56-year-old Mark Mendell was arrested Thursday at his home on two charges of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Police say an investigation that began last month revealed a sexual relationship between Mendell while he was Abraham Lincoln High School’s band teacher and a 17-year-old student.

Officials say Mendell is no longer employed by the school, and the student is no longer attending classes after having met all graduation requirements.