A former East High School English teacher has been charged with four counts of sex crimes against a child.
Monday, Kurt M. Brundage, 32, made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court to hear the charges against him: two counts of aggravated indecent liberties and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, court records show.
According to the charges, the alleged victim was 15, and the alleged crimes occurred in Sedgwick County in January 2010. The aggravated indecent liberties charges accuse Brundage of sexual intercourse with a child; the indecent liberties charges accuse him of lewd fondling or touching of a child.
Brundage’s attorney, Jess Hoeme, said he expects that there “is a lot of information to be developed in this case. We hope to reach the truth of the matter sooner rather than later. And we certainly maintain his innocence and we will provide a zealous defense for Mr. Brundage.”
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Brundage, now of Lawrence, taught English at East High before becoming a teacher in Eudora, east of Lawrence.
Brundage, who is free on a $100,000 bond, faces an April 9 preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to a trial.
According to the Wichita school district, Brundage was an assistant cross country coach for boys and girls at East in 2004 and 2005 and was an English teacher at East from Aug. 1, 2006, to July 31, 2011.
Brundage started teaching in Eudora last fall.
He remains on paid administrative leave with the Eudora school district, district spokeswoman Kristin Magette said Monday.