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KCK school resource officer arrested on suspicion of sex crimes involving minors

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A school resource officer for the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools Police Department was arrested Wednesday in connection with allegations of rape and other sex crimes involving children in a western Kansas county.

The arrest was announced Wednesday in a news release from the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, which identified the officer as Mark A. Scheetz, a 30-year-old from Lansing.

Scheetz was arrested in Bonner Springs on suspicion of rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child, the KBI said.

He had not been charged as of Thursday.

The crimes allegedly occurred while Scheetz was living in Norton County between 2013 and 2015, when he allegedly “engaged in sex acts with a minor, sent lewd photos to minors and used electronic devices to solicit sex with minors,” the KBI said.

Scheetz has been a school resource officer for a year and was assigned to F.L. Schlagle High School in the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools district, according to the KBI. The school district has its own police department.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools system said Thursday that it has placed Scheetz on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

Before coming to Kansas City, Kan., Scheetz worked for the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office from 2016 to 2018.

After he was arrested Wednesday, Scheetz was taken to Norton, where he was expected to be booked into the Norton County jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.

This story has been updated with a comment from the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools system.

The Star’s Katy Bergen contributed to this story.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.


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