Crime & Courts

Former Wichita teacher pleads guilty in student sex case

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A former Wichita Heights High School music teacher accused of sexual misconduct with a female student has pleaded guilty to attempted unlawful sexual relations.

Alan J. Martens will likely be eligible for probation when he is sentenced April 13 before Sedgwick County District Judge Stephen Ternes. He pleaded guilty to the charge Monday as prosecutors were preparing to try him on two counts of unlawful sexual relations.

One of the charges was amended under his plea agreement and the other was dismissed, Dan Dillon, spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, said by e-mail.

Martens resigned from his position last year in the wake of reports alleging he molested the student at his home on March 4 and was seen kissing her at Heights High, 5301 N. Hillside, eight days later.

The amended criminal complaint that lists the charge he pleaded guilty to – attempted unlawful sexual relations – says he exchanged sexual text messages with the girl, then took her home to have sex but didn’t follow through.

In Kansas it’s illegal for teachers to have sexual relationships with students, even if the student is old enough to legally consent. The age of consent is 16. The student in Martens’ case was at least that old, records show.

Martens was in his first year of teaching when he resigned last March, Wichita school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman has said. He was 25 at the time.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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