A former Davenport High School teacher and coach says he didn’t have sex with a high school student who is suing the district for civil rights violations.
Charles “CJ” Jungblom, in videotaped testimony played Wednesday for a U.S. District Court jury, denied raping or having consensual sex with Heather Giles.
But the former guidance counselor and girls basketball coach admitted he provided sexual devices to Giles and another girl who separately made sex videos for him.
The Davenport School District is being sued by Giles, now 22, who alleges that district administrators knew or should have known about Jungblom’s conduct.
She alleges the teacher raped her almost weekly during her senior year after she made a sexually explicit video.
The jury was told in opening remarks by Giles’ attorney, Dick Eymann, that Jungblom threatened to send the video to her parents or “put it in some boy’s locker” at Davenport High School if she didn’t submit to his sexual advances.
Jungblom is serving five years in federal prison in Arizona for sexual exploitation of a child while he worked for the school district.
In pleading guilty to the federal crime in 1994, he admitted paying Giles to make a sex video.
Because of the cost of bringing Jungblom to court for the civil cases, attorneys agreed to videotape his testimony in the Arizona prison.
The eight-member civil jury watched the video closely.
Eymann led Jungblom through a series of questions, getting him to admit that he provided a video camera, modeling contracts and sexually suggestive questionnaire.
“Would you agree with me that you had some motive of sexual gratification arising out of all of this?” Eymann asked.
“No,” Jungblom responded.
“As I understand it, what you’re saying is that you were a victim of these girls and that’s why you’re here?” Eymann asked Jungblom.
“I didn’t say that,” Jungblom responded. “Even though, it may be in a way, because when you have somebody threatening you with blackmail, you know, you’re not going to tell them no.”
Asked Eymann: “Now, Heather Giles never threatened you with blackmail, did she?”
“Not directly,” Jungblom said.
The trial is expected to last three weeks.
When testimony ends, the jury will decide whether Giles should be awarded compensatory damages by the district and its insurance company.