Archive for Thursday, April 20, 2006

Hearing set on indecent liberties charge

April 20, 2006

A former Basehor Elementary School teacher, who has been charged in Leavenworth County District Court with inappropriately touching an 11-year-old child, is scheduled to appear in court in two weeks.

The teacher, a Bonner Springs resident who formerly taught the fifth grade, is charged in district court with aggravated indecent liberties with a child, a felony.

A court appearance April 14 was continued. He will next appear at 9 a.m. Friday, May 3. A spokesman for the county prosecutor said a plea agreement is possible.

It also is possible that the 11-year-old was not the only victim.

A Basehor resident and parent of a former student of the accused teacher, told the newspaper this week that her daughter also maintains she was abused by the ex-teacher.

The parent said two other students also have come forward.

Prosecutors said they could not comment on whether additional charges would be filed against the former educator.

The teacher, who was released from custody in February after posting a $25,000 bond, was placed on administrative leave in October 2005 by the Basehor-Linwood school district.

And two months later, school board members approved the man's letter of resignation.

As a matter of policy, the Sentinel does not name suspects in sex crimes unless there is a conviction or a guilty plea in the case.

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