Mark Edward Farris Esquivel, 26, of Marshalltown was arrested on Wednesday on allegations concerning potential exploitation and inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old juvenile.
Esquivel has been charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee. He is being held in the Marshall County Jail pending an initial court appearance.
The Marshalltown Police Department received a report on June 24 about the alleged actions. Further investigation revealed Esquivel was a Marshalltown High School physical education teacher and coach in the Marshalltown Community School District and the juvenile was a student. Esquivel has submitted his resignation.
It is alleged Esquivel engaged in a pattern of conduct by communicating with a minor for the purpose of soliciting sexual contact and that Esquivel knew the minor was younger than 18.
This is an active investigation.
Anyone with information about this crime should call the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5725. Tips can be submitted by calling 641-753-1234, or via text messaging by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES, or online at www.marshallcountycs.com.
All tips are anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip results in an arrest.