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FBI announces hotline for possible victims of North KC teacher charged with sex crimes

James R. Green, 52, a teacher and coach at Northgate Middle School in the North Kansas City School District, is charged with six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. The FBI has set up a hotline for possible victims.
James R. Green, 52, a teacher and coach at Northgate Middle School in the North Kansas City School District, is charged with six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. The FBI has set up a hotline for possible victims.

The FBI has set up a hotline for possible victims of a North Kansas City teacher accused of engaging in sexual acts with a then-16-year-old boy a dozen years ago.

James R. Green Jr., 52, a teacher and coach at Northgate Middle School in the North Kansas City School District, was arrested and charged last week with six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. Known to many as Russell Green, the teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a Smithville High School student in 2005 and carrying on a sexual relationship with him.

Police are also investigating allegations that Green in recent months has had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old Blue Springs boy. According to court documents, Green told Blue Springs police that he has had sexual relationships with two boys under the age of 18 and that he has secretly filmed boys in locker rooms at various schools where he has worked.

On Monday, the FBI said its Kansas City Child Exploitation Task Force has joined Blue Springs police in investigating allegations against Green and that it set up a hotline number for anyone to call if they have information about the case or possible victims.

The hotline number, 816-805-5138, is staffed by members of the FBI’s task force.

According to court documents:

The first victim, now 27, went to Blue Springs police April 6. He said Green sexually assaulted him in 2005 when he was a student at Smithville High School. Green at the time was a Blue Springs South High School teacher and swim coach.

The victim told a detective that he and Green had met online and engaged in oral and anal sex multiple times.

On April 13, a Blue Springs detective learned that a Kansas City detective assigned to the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force also was investigating Green, in this case for his alleged involvement with a 16-year-old Blue Springs boy.

Green was taken into custody Friday afternoon after going to his second job at Kauffman Stadium, according to court records.

Green is charged in Jackson County Court and is in custody at the Jackson County jail with bond set at $100,000.

The North Kansas City School District said in a statement that it has placed Green on administrative leave.

“North Kansas City Schools identifies the safety and security of our students as our highest priority,” the statement said.

“To that end, the district has board policies and procedures in place that prohibit inappropriate communications between staff and students. The district was recently made aware of alleged violations of such policy concerning Russell Green. He was placed on administrative leave at that time. We are told that there is an ongoing investigation into the matter, and North Kansas City Schools is fully cooperating with our partners in law enforcement to ensure the safety of our students.”

The North Kansas City School District is facing a federal lawsuit over the actions of a former Northgate Middle School teacher who pleaded guilty last year to sexually assaulting a female student.

The teacher, Samuel Waltemath, pleaded guilty to second-degree statutory sodomy and admitted to having sex with the girl in April 2015 at a residence in Clay County. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

A parent of the girl has sued the school district, saying the district didn’t do enough to investigate earlier reports that Waltemath had sexually inappropriate images of students on his school-issued laptop and cellphone.

The suit says the district hired Waltemath even though he had a history of improper relationships with students in other districts where he had worked.

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