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Former East High teacher arrested on sex crime charges

  • Published Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 12:29 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.

A former East High School teacher and current Eudora teacher has been arrested in Wichita on suspicion of four counts of rape, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of electronic solicitation of a child, records show.

Kurt M. Brundage, 32, now of Lawrence, was arrested Friday in the 1500 block of South George Washington Boulevard in Wichita, jail booking records show.

Brundage has not been charged but was booked into jail on suspicion of the alleged sex crimes. This week investigators plan to present their findings to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, which would determine whether charges are filed.

Brundage had taught English at East High, including in the pre-International Baccalaureate program — ninth grade — before becoming a teacher in Eudora, east of Lawrence.

Three of the four rape counts were listed as “circumstances unknown,” and one of the rape counts was listed as “sexual intercourse without consent and use of force.” The two indecent liberties counts are where “offender believes child” is 14 or older and less than 16, booking records show.

All of the alleged crimes occurred in Sedgwick County, said Wichita police Lt. Jeff Weible, head of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child Unit. The time period of the alleged crimes is Jan. 2, 2010, to Feb. 1, 2012, according to a police report. The report, dated Feb. 29, said a woman reported “her daughter being touched inappropriately” by the suspect. At the time of the initial allegation, the alleged victim was 15, Weible said.

The investigation is ongoing and didn’t involve a sting operation, he said.

Anyone with information about the alleged crimes or any crime against children can call 911, Crime Stoppers at 267-2111 or the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, 337-6552, he said.

In an e-mail, Wichita school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said, “We were notified by WPD of his arrest over the weekend. We were informed nothing occurred on district property.”

According to Arensman, Brundage was an assistant cross country coach for boys and girls at East in 2004 and 2005.

He was an English teacher at East from Aug. 1, 2006, to July 31, 2011.

The Eudora school district sent a note to high school parents saying that Eudora police told school officials that Brundage, a Eudora High English teacher “was arrested in Sedgwick County, Kansas, on charges related to improper relationship(s) with a minor or minors in the Wichita area.” Brundage started teaching in Eudora last fall, “but the charges are not related to any conduct toward any Eudora student, so far as we know,” the note said.

The Eudora district has put Brundage on paid administrative leave.

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