February 15, 2007
Ex-Teacher Charged in Sex Case With Student
By Benita Y. Williams, The Kansas City Star, Mo.
Feb. 15--A former Spring Hill School District teacher has been charged with having sex with a female student who attended the school where he once taught.
Graham could not be reached for comment. He is free on $20,000 bond.
Spring Hill district Superintendent Barton Goering issued a written statement that said the district was "saddened" to learn of the charge against Graham.
"As in all cases where the safety and welfare of a student is involved, the District has cooperated fully with the investigating law enforcement officials," the statement said.
The district hired Graham in May 2005, and he started teaching science at Spring Hill High School the following August. Graham left the district May 26, 2006.
Court records allege that the sex acts occurred between May 20 and July 22, 2006.
Goering's statement said Graham's resignation was not related to the allegations against him. A fall 2005 newsletter from a college Graham attended said he had been accepted to medical school.
Before teaching at Spring Hill High, Graham taught science for one year at Englewood Christian Academy in Independence. Bookkeeper Paige Frasher said the school experienced no problems with Graham, who left after the 2001-2002 school year to further his education.
"We had a good relationship with him," Frasher said
Graham graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in May 2001 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He studied for a master's in 2002 and 2003 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
In October 2001, Graham was interviewed by a MidAmerica Nazarene student for an oral history project, which is on that university's Web site.
He spoke about being a Christian and said teaching was his "life calling."
"The essential lifeline as a teacher," he told the interviewer, "is to help kids excel and direct them to be the very best they can be."
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