- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has dismissed charges filed against a former Des Moines school district employee accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Judge Carla Schemmel said in her dismissal order Monday that 33-year-old Dena Konrad was not a school employee as defined by state statute. Konrad had been charged with two felony counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee.

Authorities have said Konrad had the relationship with a male student over the summer. Konrad’s lawyer has said Konrad never worked with the student as part of her job duties. Konrad was a case manager who was assigned to build relationships with students and families in order to provide various services. She no longer works for the district.

Prosecutors say they’re mulling an appeal of the judge’s ruling.

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