The trial for the Ames man accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a North Polk High School student from 2013 to 2014 has been delayed again until Oct. 3, according to online court records.
Kevin Jacob Muehlenthaler, 29, and a teacher in the North Polk district at the time, was charged in early February with four counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee after turning himself into Story County Jail in early February.
Muehlenthaler pleaded not guilty in March, and had an original trial date of May 16. His trial has been delayed three times since.
According to court documents, the original complaint was received in October, in which the victim stated the relationship between her and Muehlenthaler occurred from November 2013 through July 2014.
Court documents show the relationship began when the victim was a teacher helper in Muehlenthaler’s class. Muehlenthaler was a fifth-grade band teacher at the time, but court documents did not specify whether that was the class in which the student assisted Muehlenthaler.
According to documents, Muehlenthaler shared personal stories about his sex life with the victim, talked about his relationship with his wife, and would communicate and meet with the victim outside of school hours.
Four sexual encounters were reported to police, two at Muehlenthaler’s residence, one at his friend’s house and another at an Ames hotel.
North Polk Community School District Superintendent Dan Mart said Muehlenthaler was employed at the district from August 2013 through June 2016, after which he took a position with the Chariton Community School District.
According to Chariton Community School District Superintendent Paula Wright, Muehlenthaler resigned from his position Sept. 28.
Sexual exploitation by a school employee is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.