OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday announced sexual abuse charges against a former teacher and coach.

Christopher Robin Sampson, 44, of New Sharon, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, just more than a week after his resignation was accepted by the North Mahaska School District in a one-minute special session. Sampson was an instructional coach, assistant boys basketball coach and softball coach. His resignation was effective immediately.

According to the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office, an investigation began on April 24 after an adult female reported sexual abuse by a male from 2004 through 2015. The incidents occurred while the female was a juvenile.

A press release says investigators have had two more victims come forward since to report similar allegations.

Sampson has been charged with two counts of lascivious acts with a child, two counts of indecent contact with a child, and four counts of lascivious conduct with a minor. He is being held without bond pending an initial appearance Wednesday.

Deputies took Sampson into custody at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at 303 West Market Street in New Sharon. The sheriff's office says their investigation is continuing, and more charges are possible.

An Oskaloosa Herald request for documents related to Sampson's resignation to North Mahaska Schools Superintendent Angela Livezey was not immediately answered. KCCI-TV reported that Livezey said the district was not aware of allegations against Sampson that involved the school district.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at kocker@oskyherald.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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