Battery charges against Pleasanton teacher dismissed

MOUND CITY – The battery case against a former Pleasanton pre-school teacher was dismissed on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in district court. Following the request by Linn County Attorney Burton Harding, Judge Terri Johnson dismissed the charges with prejudice against Lea Ann Davenport.

Davenport was involved in an incident in December 2019 in which she admits to holding onto to the hand of a five and half year old boy in the school gymnasium to keep him from harming other children. As a result of that action, she was taken into custody on Jan. 6, 2020.

She called her arrest and subsequent events “devastating.” Although she received additional training as part of the agreement to dismiss charges, Davenport said she was well versed in the Mandt System, an integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating, and if necessary, intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves or others.

A teacher with the Pleasanton USD 344 since 1992, Davenport, known as “Miss D” to many of her former students, said she was very happy that charges were dropped. While the case was pending for the last 21 months, she has not been teaching, however, she recently renewed her teaching license and looks forward to being back in the classroom.

Harding called Davenport’s case an unfortunate series of events but would comment no further.

“It never should have happened in the first place,” Davenport said. “I was just trying to teach.”

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