Crime & Courts

Wichita State student teacher at Heights High charged with unlawful sex with student

A Wichita State University student teacher who taught music at Heights High School has been charged with unlawful sexual relations with a student.

Katelynn R. Moore, 23, was charged May 13 with unlawful sexual relations, a felony, according to a Sedgwick County District Court document. Moore had her first court appearance Tuesday, said district attorney’s spokesman Dan Dillon.

The alleged crime didn’t occur at Heights High School but was reported there, Wichita school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said Wednesday. Moore was a WSU student music teacher at Heights, Arensman said.

Neither Moore nor any lawyer representing her could be reached for comment.

A March 23 Wichita police report connected to Moore’s arrest says someone reported a suspect “kissing and sexually touching” one person and “sending sexually suggestive text messages” to two others. The report lists the address for Heights High, 5301 N. Hillside, and says principal Bruce Deterding was one of the people reporting the incident.

Moore was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on Tuesday, a jail report says, but she apparently has been released on bond.

The charge against Moore says the alleged crime occurred this past February and that Moore “did … unlawfully engage in consensual sexual intercourse, lewd fondling or touching, or sodomy” with a student when Moore “was a teacher or person in position of authority at a school” where the student was enrolled and Moore was employed.

Moore was a music education student at Wichita State and no longer has student-teacher status, WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser said Wednesday.

The charge against Moore marks the second time since April that a Heights High teacher or student teacher has been charged with unlawful sexual relations with a student. In April, Alan J. Martens, 25, was charged with unlawful sexual relations with a student, records show. Martens, a music teacher, resigned in March.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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