Newlywed Iowa teacher Cassidy Kraus, 24, admits to having sex with three students between the ages of 13 and 14 just months after her wedding and now faces 33 years behind bars

  • The former middle school reading teacher submitted her resignation in August
  • She pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree sexual abuse, lewd acts with a child and distribution and exhibition of obscene material to minors

A former Iowa teacher accused of sexually abusing three students between the ages of 13 and 14 has pleaded guilty to all six charges.

Cassidy Kraus, 24, entered a guilty plea on Monday. She was charged with one count of third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of lewd acts with a child and three counts of distribution and exhibition of obscene material to minors.

The Westside woman’s arrest took place in October, just months after her July wedding. She posted $10,000 bond and was subsequently released from the county jail.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred in 2022 and again in 2023, beginning with the middle school reading teacher sending “obscene material” to three minors over Snapchat.

According to the criminal complaint, Kraus ‘knowingly distributed obscene material’ to one victim between January 2022 and May 2022 and to two other victims between January 2023 and June 2023.

Cassidy Kraus (24) pleaded guilty to six charges stemming from the sexual abuse of three students between the ages of 13 and 14

Cassidy Kraus (24) pleaded guilty to six charges stemming from the sexual abuse of three students between the ages of 13 and 14

The former middle school reading teacher was arrested in October, just months after marrying her husband (photo)

The former middle school reading teacher was arrested in October, just months after marrying her husband (photo)

Kraus was charged with one count of third-degree sexual assault, two counts of lewd acts with a child and three counts of distribution and exhibition of obscene material to minors

Kraus was charged with one count of third-degree sexual assault, two counts of lewd acts with a child and three counts of distribution and exhibition of obscene material to minors

Kraus then took the abuse a step further, ‘caressing or touching’ a 13-year-old in May 2022 and ‘touching her genitals on any part of the child’s body’.

The charge of third-degree sexual abuse stemmed from her “sex acts” on a 14-year-old between January 17 and January 31, 2023.

As part of her duties as a teacher, the 24-year-old was a “mandatory reporter of child abuse,” the complaint states.

According to a statement from the school district, a report was made in August of the same year alleging that Kraus sent sexually charged photos to students.

She was placed on leave amid an investigation in cooperation with local law enforcement.

Kraus submitted her resignation in lieu of termination on August 25.

Three days later, the IKM-Manning School Board approved her resignation at a special meeting.

The 24-year-old attended school in the very district where she later taught and committed the crimes.

The charges stemmed from the abuse of three teenage students between 2022 and 2023, which began when Kraus sent sexually charged Snapchats to one minor victim

The charges stemmed from the abuse of three teenage students between 2022 and 2023, which began when Kraus sent sexually charged Snapchats to one minor victim

She pleaded guilty to 'caressing or touching' a 13-year-old in May 2022 and performing 'sex acts' on a 14-year-old in January of the following year

She pleaded guilty to ‘caressing or touching’ a 13-year-old in May 2022 and performing ‘sex acts’ on a 14-year-old in January of the following year

Kraus herself was a student in the IKM-Manning School District where she later taught and committed the crimes

Kraus herself was a student in the IKM-Manning School District where she later taught and committed the crimes

She was on the track for the IKM-Manning Wolves and appeared in a 2017 interview with a local news station, beaming after placing third in her events.

After graduating, Kraus attended Iowa State University and made the dean’s list several times throughout her academic career.

The sexual assault and the two counts of lewd acts with a child are Class C felonies. Each carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years under state law.

The three counts of distribution and display of obscene material, a misdemeanor charge, carry a possible sentence of one year.

Kraus faces a maximum of 33 years in prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 11.