Arrest doesn’t impact studentsJorgensen says arrested driving instructor did not teach in Washington district
Washington Schools Superintendent Mike Jorgensen said Wednesday that an incident involving the arrest of a barred driving instructor Tuesday will have no impact on Washington students who took driver’s education last year.
Jorgensen said that Frederick Donald Bindner, 65, of Mt. Pleasant, had never been an instructor in the Washington School District. He confirmed that the same driving instruction firm Bindner worked for provides instruction to the Washington School District.
“The subject wasn’t in the Washington district, and the subject never had any interaction with Washington kids,” Jorgensen said. “He was not in the driver’s ed program here.”
According to the Associated Press, Bindner was charged with felony identity theft in Johnson County after allegedly stealing another instructor’s identity so he could continue to teach in Iowa. Bindner lost his teaching license in an agreement with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners stemming from a 2012 alcohol-related conviction. He had been accused of providing alcohol to minors during a driving lesson. He is prohibited from teaching minors through August 2015.
According to the complaint, Bindner had instructed a driver’s education class at the Johnson County Fairgrounds during June of this year. The court documents allege Bindner used another driving instructor’s identification to charge each student $395 for the class.
Jorgensen said that only students who took the class in Johnson County would require an Iowa Department of Transportation test before receiving a license.