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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Former teacher charged with unlawful sexual relations

  • A former Pleasant Ridge High School teacher has been charged with having sexual relations with a student, a prosecution official said.


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  • A former Pleasant Ridge High School teacher has been charged with having sexual relations with a student, a prosecution official said.
    Shannon Young, 36, Lansing, has been charged with three counts of unlawful sexual relations. She was arrested on a warrant Tuesday, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.
    Thompson said Young probably wouldn’t make her first court appearance until Wednesday morning.
    Young allegedly had consensual sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between Aug. 1 and June 2.
    The boy identified as the victim was of the legal age of consent for Kansas. But teachers are still prohibited by law from having sexual relations with students at their schools.
    Young started teaching language arts at Pleasant Ridge High School in August. She also coached volleyball. She submitted her resignation in April which was to be effective at the end of the school year, according to Easton Superintendent Charles Coblentz.
    “As far as the district, the matter with her has been resolved,” he said.
    He said district officials followed the correct procedures and policies.
    Coblentz said he couldn’t discuss details about what happened.
    “These are personnel matters that must remain private,” he said.
    Thompson said the sentence for unlawful sexual relations typically is “presumptive probation” under state guidelines but a person’s criminal history could result in jail time.

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