Former Olathe Northwest teacher, trainer charged with illegal sexual relations

A former teacher and coach at Olathe Northwest High School in Johnson County, Kansas, has been charged in an incident that reportedly involved sex with a student when he was 16, stemming from incidents that allegedly took place between the July 1 and August 26, 2022. “Such incidents are shocking to me and I cannot understand what such a person is like in the teaching profession,” said Jeffrey Needham, whose children attended the Olathe schools. “It’s gross.” “I’m learning now that that was in August is also pretty shocking because it usually takes six months to a year for anyone to take any action on things like this,” said parent Tammy Anderson. According to a spokesman for Olathe Public Schools, Mesa had been employed by the district for 21 years. In a statement, the spokesman said after learning of allegations against Mesa last month, the District has placed Mesa on hold, referred the matter to the police and recommended Mesa’s termination. A Board of Education agenda shows that Mesa’s termination took effect on September 1. “While we cannot comment in detail on personnel matters, we are pleased to report that allegations of misconduct by Steve Mesa have recently been brought to the attention of our administration. Upon learning of these allegations, the District took immediate action to place Mesa on leave, referred the matter to local law enforcement, conducted an investigation, and recommended termination to the Board of Education. The board of education took immediate action, and at the board meeting in September , Mesa was terminated,” the spokesman said in a statement. “Olathe Public Schools takes all allegations of staff misconduct very seriously. We do not tolerate anything that affects the welfare or safety of our students or staff. We have processes and procedures in place, including working closely with local law enforcement agencies, to investigate and address situations consistent with our board policies, state and federal laws. We are committed to ensuring that our students are educated in a safe environment.” All three counts against Mesa identify the student with the same initials. SnapChat, Inc. is also listed as a potential witness in the case. Unlawful sexual relations is a level 5 felony in Kansas. “It’s sad that young people have to endure this. Sometimes it’s hard to speak up,” Anderson said.

A former teacher and coach at Olathe Northwest High School in Johnson County, Kansas, has been charged in an incident that reportedly involved sex with a student.

Steven A. Mesa, 47, has been charged with three unlawful sexual relationships with a person over the age of 16 in incidents alleged to have taken place between July 1 and August 26, 2022.

“Incidents like this are shocking to me and I don’t understand how a person like that can be in the teaching profession,” said Jeffrey Needham, whose children attended Olathe schools. “It’s disgusting.”

“Now I’m learning that that was in August, which is also pretty shocking because it usually takes six months to a year for anyone to take any action on things like this,” said parent Tammy Anderson.

According to a spokesman for Olathe Public Schools, Mesa had been employed by the district for 21 years.

In a statement, after learning of the allegations against Mesa last month, the spokesman said the district had suspended Mesa, referred the matter to the police, and recommended Mesa’s termination.

A Board of Education agenda shows that Mesa’s termination was effective September 1.

“While we cannot comment in detail on personnel matters, we are pleased to report that allegations of misconduct by Steve Mesa have recently been brought to the attention of our administration. Upon learning of these allegations, the District took swift action to place Mesa on leave, refer the matter to local law enforcement, conduct an investigation, and provide the Board of Education with a termination recommendation. The board of education took immediate action, and at the September board meeting, Mesa was terminated,” the spokesman said in a statement.

“Olathe Public Schools takes all allegations of staff misconduct very seriously. We do not tolerate anything that affects the welfare or safety of our students or staff. We have processes and procedures in place, including working closely with local law enforcement agencies, to investigate and address situations consistent with our board policies, state and federal laws. We are committed to ensuring that our students are taught in a safe environment.”

All three counts against Mesa identify the student with the same initials. SnapChat, Inc. is also listed as a potential witness in the case.

Unlawful sexual relations is a level 5 felony in Kansas.

“It’s sad that young people have to endure this. Sometimes it’s hard to speak up,” Anderson said.

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