VAN METER, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa coach and teacher has been charged after police say he assaulted one of a group of students trying to toilet-paper his house.
Police say Joel Bartz stopped a truck carrying a group of teens near his home around 10 p.m. on Sept. 17.
A criminal complaint says that when one of the students got out of the truck and approached the teacher, Bartz grabbed the student and pulled him down while punching him in the back and head.
Bartz is charged with assault and criminal mischief.
He is Van Meter School District middle school science teacher and coach on the high school football and basketball teams.
The district says he has been placed on leave.