A Kansas teacher is accused of having a sexual encounter with a teenage high school student at Olathe East High School the day after they connected on Grindr, a gay dating/hookup app, according to allegations made in court documents released Tuesday, reports The Kansas City Star.
Justin Adrian, 33, has been charged with unlawful sexual relations, a felony, in Johnson County.
According to the complaint, Adrian is accused of engaging in consensual sexual relations with a person 16 or more years old. The age of consent is 16 in Kansas, but it is a felony for schoolteachers and other authority figures to have sex with students at the same school.
According to court documents, an investigation into the matter was initiated on Sept. 8 after the student’s mother contacted the school about a disclosure her son made. The 18-year-old student told police he began talking with Adrian on Sept. 6 via Grindr, a dating app similar to Tinder but directed toward for gay and bisexual men.
According to court records, the teen told police he began talking with Adrian on Sept. 6 via Grindr.
Through their messages on Grindr and Snapchat, the Adrian informed the student that he was a social studies teacher at his high school and could lose his job if people found out he was talking to a student.
Police say the teacher allegedly asked if the teen had a teacher-student fantasy.
After allegedly asking to meet with the teen several times outside of the school on Sept. 6, the teen agreed to meet Adrian in his classroom the following day at the end of fifth period.
According to court documents, Adrian locked his door then began kissing and sexually touching the teen over his clothing. Police said Adrian then performed oral sex on the teen.
Adrian gave the student a pass so he would not be marked late to his next class, and the student left the room through a back door that led to an empty room, he told police.
The teacher admitted to the sexual encounter when confronted by school administrators and was “relieved of his teaching position” at Olathe East.
Olathe East High School sent the following letter to parents earlier this month:
“Dear Olathe East parents,
“I wanted to make you aware that Mr. Adrian, your child’s Social Studies teacher, will not be returning to Olathe East. We have an outstanding substitute in place currently and will be looking to name a permanent teacher as quickly as possible. Our substitute will be working closely with our Social Studies chair, and I am confident that students will have an excellent remainder to the 2018-19 school year. Once we have named a permanent teacher, we will communicate that information to you.
“We are committed to working with our students and staff to make the transition as smooth as possible. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
“Kerry Lane, Principal”
Adrian also resigned as the Ward 3 councilman in Shawnee. He gave the following letter to the governing body:
“Out of respect for the city of Shawnee and the city councilmember position I have proudly held for eight months, I have reluctantly and respectfully made the decision to resign from my position as City Councilmember, Ward III effective immediately upon notice.
“I greatly thank the city of Shawnee for their kind words of support and I also would like to thank my constituents for their support during the election and after being sworn in.”
Adrian is free on bond and is due back in court on Nov. 7.If found guilty, Adrian could spend just over two and a half years in prison.