Kansas middle school teacher arrested for electronic solicitation

DERBY (KSNW) – A Derby North Middle School teacher has been arrested for electronic solicitation. According to USD 260, the arrest happened late Monday afternoon.

“We received a call from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin,” says Derby Police Chief Robert Lee. “Asking us to assist in a case, sharing with us some of the facts and details.”

A captain with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin tells KSN they have an undercover internet crimes unit that talks to adults in teen chat rooms. They allege they were talking to a man from Derby since July of this year. The captain says there were multiple contacts between the Derby man, and the undercover officer online.

According to Sedgwick County arrest sheets, Steven Eugene Young, 40, was arrested on a charge of electronic solicitations with a child between 14 and 16 years old. He was booked into the jail just before 6 p.m. A biography on USD 260 states Young has been a teacher for 15 years.

Derby Schools superintendent Craig Wilford says Young is now suspended, with pay, while the investigation continues.

“This is a very unusual situation so when we heard about it yesterday, the first thought was to ensure our students are safe,” says Wilford. “So we went ahead and suspended the staff member.”

Chief Lee says they will present their evidence and allegations on Wednesday to the district attorney for formal charges.

Here is a release from the school district:

A Derby North Middle School staff member was arrested Monday afternoon on allegations of criminal activity. He was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. We will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure we have accurate information and to ensure that our students remain safe at school.

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