Johnson County prosecutors on Friday charged an Olathe South High School teacher with three felony counts of unlawful sexual relations with a student.
Michael Jasiczek, 42, was booked into jail Friday afternoon, and his bond was set at $250,000.
Charging documents indicate that Jasiczek had sexual intercourse and engaged in lewd fondling or touching with a student over the age of 16 between Jan. 1 and May 3. The encounters were consensual, the documents state.
Though the age of consent is 16 in Kansas, state law prohibits schoolteachers and other authority figures from having sexual relationships with students at the same school.
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Jasiczek has been under investigation by police since early May. In May, school officials reportedly informed police of the possibility of an inappropriate relationship with a student, and Olathe Police Department Sgt. Logan Bonney confirmed that the department was looking into a relationship between an adult and a student at the school.
The social science teacher and assistant football coach was placed on administrative leave May 4, though the school district did not tell parents or The Star why the teacher was suspended.
Jasiczek 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 for starting a sociology club.