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Eudora High School teacher arrested on sex crime charges in Wichita

March 13, 2012, 10:17 a.m. Updated March 13, 2012, 3:19 p.m.

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A Eudora High School English teacher was arrested last Friday in Sedgwick County on sex crime charges as part of an investigation there, Wichita police Lt. Jeff Weible said Tuesday.

Kristin Magette, a Eudora district spokeswoman, said school officials were notified over the weekend the male teacher was arrested on charges related to an alleged improper relationship with a minor or minors in the Wichita area. The district has placed the man on administrative leave with pay, and a substitute teacher began handling his classes Monday.

“To our knowledge, the charges don’t involve any Eudora students,” Magette said.

She said the man began teaching in Eudora in August, and before that he taught in the Wichita area. The Journal-World generally does not identify sex crime suspects unless they are convicted.

Weible commands the Exploited and Missing Child Unit of Wichita and Sedgwick County, which investigates reports of possible physical and sexual abuse involving minors. He said the man was arrested after officers followed up on information in the case.

According to Sedgwick County Jail officials and records, the man, who is 32 and a current Lawrence resident, was arrested on three charges of rape, one count of attempted rape, two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of electronic solicitation of a child. The electronic solicitation charge lists the victim’s age between 14 and 16.

Weible said he could not release details about the investigation or the number of alleged victims. Magette said law enforcement had notified school officials the investigation was related to an improper relationship with a minor in Wichita.

“This is a deeply troubling situation to learn of,” EHS Principal G.A. Buie wrote in a message to parents, “but I want you to know that we have a host of procedures and programs in place to protect the best interests of our students.”

The man posted $100,000 bond Saturday, and a Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said that because he posted bond before formal charges were filed he was given a date to appear in court March 26.

“We will be presenting findings of our ongoing investigation to the district attorney’s office (Wednesday),” Weible said.

Magette said the high school notified parents of the teacher’s arrest in automated messages.

“The main message that we’re trying to get out is that anybody with any kind of concerns or information about improper adult relationships (with students) really without delay should go to any of our mental health professionals at the high school, the Eudora Police Department or any other trusted adults,” she said.

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