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Former English teacher pleads guilty to sex crimes

Being accused of a sex crime is a terrifying experience for an individual. The media often highlights stories of teachers who have allegedly been involved in inappropriate relationships with a student. Sometimes these accusations end up being true and other times they are concocted by kids looking for attention from their peers. The end result for the accused can, even if the allegation is not true, negatively impact their future as an educator -- forcing them to leave the community and start over.

A former English teacher at East High School has pled guilty to two federal charges in relation to alleged sex crimes that occurred at the school. The man, age 32, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to local reports.

The former teacher had originally faced charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child in addition to the other two charges. The charges stemmed from incidents involving a 15-year-old girl at the school.

A plea agreement in the case dismissed the aggravated indecent liberties charges, which alleged that sexual intercourse had taken place between the student and teacher. The other charges allege that the man had engaged in indecent touching, but not sex.

The man faces between 31 and 136 months in prison for each count, and he may be fined up to $300,000. He can also seek probation in accordance with the plea agreement, but he may not have his prison sentence shortened.

Furthermore, the man must register as a sex offender, and he will be supervised post-release by the Kansas Department of Corrections. That monitoring will be a life-long endeavor.

The man had been arrested in March after a Wichita woman reported that he had touched her daughter inappropriately. He had been active within the school, coaching cross country and participating in prestigious academic initiatives for the school's ninth-grade students. He taught at the school from 2006 to 2011, according to official documents.

The man is currently free on a $100,000 bond, and he is on paid administrative leave from his current employer, Eudora High School. The man's teaching contract, which expires on June 30, has not been renewed for the upcoming year. He had been hired to teach at Eudora as a 12th-grade English teacher in the late spring.

Source: The Wichita Eagle, "Former East High teacher pleads guilty in Wichita sex crimes case," Amy Renee Leiker, June 21, 2012

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