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COLUMBUS JUNCTION — A southeastern Iowa high school teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually exploiting a student at his school.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a news release that 33-year-old Eusebio Jimenez Jr. was charged Thursday with sexual exploitation by a school employee, a Class D Felony. Authorities said Jimenez is a Spanish language teacher in the Columbus Community High School. He was still listed Thursday on the school's website as a teacher.

Jimenez was booked into the Louisa County Jail; a person who answered the phone at the jail Thursday afternoon said Jimenez was in the process of being released on $5,000 cash bond. It was not clear whether Jimenez had an attorney.

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Investigators say an underage student reported in November that he had been sexually exploited by Jimenez.

Calls to the school were referred to Superintendent Gary Benda, who did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

The case is being investigated by the Columbus Junction Police Department, the Louisa County Attorney's Office, the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

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