An Olathe South High School teacher who is currently the subject of an ongoing police investigation was abruptly placed on administrative leave earlier this month, The Star has learned.
The Olathe school district on Tuesday would not say why the teacher was suspended. But Olathe Police Department Sgt. Logan Bonney said police are investigating reports of an unlawful sexual relationship between an adult and a student at the school.
Under Kansas law, it is illegal for a teacher to have sex with a student at the same school, even if the student is above the age of consent. In Kansas, the age of consent is 16.
According to a note sent to parents from Principal Clint Albers in early May, Mike Jasiczek, a social science teacher and an assistant football coach last fall, will not return to school this year.
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A school spokesperson said the teacher had been on leave since May 4.
Jasiczek has not been charged. A call to his cellphone Tuesday was answered by a man who did not identify himself but said he would let Jasiczek know of The Star’s efforts to reach him. Jasiczek did not immediately respond to other means of contacting him.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Jasiczek, 42, has been a teacher at Olathe South for more than a decade. He coached football, ran a weightlifting club and was called “Coach Jazz” by students and staff.
He was awarded the Fox 4 Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in March 2013.
At that time, Jasiczek was recognized for his work in the classroom, as well as starting a sociology club.