Crime & Courts

Sentencing delayed in former East High teacher’s sex case

The sentencing hearing for a former East High School teacher guilty of felony sex crimes involving a teen has been continued to mid-September, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

Kurt M. Brundage, 32, pleaded guilty on June 20 to two counts of indecent liberties with a child in connection with sexual contact he had with a 15-year-old girl in January 2010. He was set for sentencing Thursday morning in Sedgwick County District Court, but the hearing was continued Wednesday at the request of Brundage’s attorney, district attorney spokeswoman Georgia Cole said.

His hearing was moved to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in Judge Philip Journey’s courtroom.

Brundage was initially charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He accepted a plea deal in June, which dropped the aggravated charges – alleging he had sex with the girl – in exchange for his admission of guilt.

He faces 31 to 136 months in prison and a fine of up to $300,000 on each count. Under the plea deal, Brundage can ask for probation but not a lesser prison term.

Brundage taught English at East High from Aug. 1, 2006, to July 31, 2011, and instructed ninth-graders in the school’s pre-International Baccalaureate program. He was also an assistant cross country coach for boys and girls for a year prior to teaching. He left East High in July 2011 to teach 12th-grade English at Eudora High School.

Authorities have not said whether the victim was a student of Brundage or of East High, but Wichita school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said in June there is no evidence that the crimes occurred at the school. She also said the district was unaware of any criminal activity involving Brundage until his arrest March 9 in Wichita.

Eudora school district officials placed Brundage on administrative leave three days after his arrest and voted to not renew to contract for the upcoming school year, Eudora school district spokeswoman Kristin Magette said in June. His employment was set to end June 30, she said.

Brundage is free on $100,000 bond.

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