Crime

KCK Public Schools teacher faces child sexual exploitation charge in Johnson County

Jason Crum
Jason Crum Johnson County Sheriff's Office

An elementary school teacher in Kansas City, Kan., has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor.

Jason M. Crum was booked into the Johnson County Jail Thursday night and released Friday morning after posting a $100,000 bond.

Crum, 42, of Shawnee, is charged in Johnson County District Court with a felony count of sexual exploitation of a child.

The charge alleges that between January 2014 and January 2015, Crum attempted to convince a child under the age of 18 to “engage in sexually explicit conduct.”

Jail records list his employment as Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The school district has confirmed he is a third-grade teacher at Banneker Elementary School.

A spokeswoman for the Kansas City, Kan., school district said officials had recently been made aware of Crum’s arrest and had placed him on administrative leave.

“KCKPS takes incidents such as these seriously and is cooperating with law enforcement in this matter,” the district said in a statement.

Banneker Elementary Principal Tyrone Bates Jr. informed parents of Crum’s arrest in an email.

“Our goal has and will always be the safety and well-being of all of our students,” he wrote. “We wanted to make you aware of this situation as soon as possible.”

Court records do not list an attorney for Crum, who has an initial court appearance scheduled for Sept. 18.

Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.

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