Marshalltown ‘hip-hop’ principal identified as suspect, deceased
A former associate principal well known for his rap videos at Marshalltown High School has been identified as the man found dead Thursday during the execution of a search warrant in Ames.
William E. Terry, 47, worked for the Marshalltown Community School District during the 2020-2021 school year. The Marshalltown Police Department was serving a warrant and conducting an investigation for allegations of sexual exploitation and inappropriate sexual contact with a student when he was found dead Thursday.
He was known as the self proclaimed hip-hop administrator, creating rap songs for Marshalltown students about COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the school district and even for a remixed version of the MHS school hymn.
The Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education accepted Terry’s resignation at a special meeting on July 12.
The Marshalltown Police Department said it received allegations concerning potential sexual exploitation and inappropriate sexual contact between a former school employee and former student on July 6. Terry was working in the Marshalltown Community School District at the time the allegations of misconduct occurred.
Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper said the investigation is ongoing and there are no other suspects.
“It is important for us to make sure all questions are answered, our work is documented and we have completed the work before we close this case,” he said. “We are not pursuing prosecution, but there are still leads to follow up on.”
This marks the third investigation of inappropriate sexual conduct to become public following two other arrests and one other death of a Marshalltown school employee in the past month. On June 30, 26-year-old physical education teacher Mark Edward Farris Esquivel was arrested for sexual exploitation of a 17-year-old student. Within the following week, a Miller Middle School English teacher, 42-year-old Adam E. Edgington, was arrested for sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old student. According to criminal complaints within the case, Edgington was accused of inappropriate sexual contact with the student. Shortly following his arrest he was found dead.
Tupper said there are no other cases involving school employees that his department is working on.
“The school district is cooperating fully with the investigation,” he said. “We have safe schools. I am very confident sending my children here. I am proud to be a Bobcat parent, and I encourage parents to support the school district.”
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