Former Wichita substitute teacher sentenced to 2 years, 10 months in teen sex case

05/22/2014 6:54 PM

08/08/2014 10:24 AM

A former Wichita public schools substitute teacher will serve prison time for unlawfully engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl last summer.

Jarrod Acquistapace was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 2 years and 10 months on two counts of indecent liberties with a child, Sedgwick County District Attorney spokesman Dan Dillon said by e-mail. The decision comes nearly two months after the 31-year-old Acquistapace entered a guilty plea on the crimes March 24.

Acquistapace originally faced one count of aggravated indecent liberties, alleging he had sex with the girl, but reached a deal with prosecutors that reduced the charges. The offenses he admitted to in the plea deal involve lewd fondling or touching of the teen on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31.

At the time of his arrest on Sept. 11, Acquistapace’s name was included on a database of substitute teachers maintained by Wichita public schools. He was on that list from Sept. 11, 2011, until Oct. 2.

A school district spokeswoman said at the time that Acquistapace had undergone a background check but would not disclose which schools he had worked at or how often. She did say that he did not teach during the 2013-2014 school year.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Bruce Brown handed down Thursday’s sentence.

A person convicted of indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16 faces a possible sentence of 31 to 136 months in prison, under Kansas sentencing guidelines. A person with little to no criminal history, such as Acquistapace, could also receive probation under the law.

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