Initial Appearance held Thursday for Meyer-Davis, preliminary hearing set

By: Matt Scher, [email protected]

Dakota City, IA – Thursday morning was the initial appearance of a former Humboldt Middle School Teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage high school student.

31-year-old Samantha Meyer-Davis of Rutland appeared before a magistrate judge at 9:00 a.m. Thursday. Meyer-Davis has been out on a $15,000 bail since her arrest on Feb. 26 with a no-contact order signed by Judge Angela Doyle between the former teacher and student. According to court documents, Meyer-Davis surrendered her passport and is unable to leave the State of Iowa without prior written consent from the court. Meyer-Davis did not have to formally enter a plea at the initial appearance, as she will do so in her preliminary hearing. The hearing date is set for March 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Humboldt County Courthouse.

The former teacher was arrested after an alleged sexual relationship with an underage student was discovered. The criminal complaint filed says that the relationship included “kissing, sex acts, videos, instant messages, text messages, and personal contact” and after search warrants were executed last November, authorities discovered “love letters from the student in the teacher’s classroom along with videos recovered of sex acts. Text messages and Facebook messages showing evidence of a sexual and intimate relationship between the teacher and student were found.”

The alleged acts took place from June of 2022 to Nov. 1, 2023. Meyer-Davis had been placed on administrative leave on Nov. 21, 2023 with the Humboldt Board of Education accepting her resignation on Dec. 6, 2023.

Meyer-Davis is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.