Steven Mesa, 47, a high school teacher and coach who couldn’t keep his libido in check, was fired and hit with felony charges. According to court records, Mesa allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old student on many occasions, both at his home and at school.
Mesa was arrested and charged with three felony counts of having illicit sexual intercourse with a student last month.
Mesa’s sexual involvement with a student at Olathe Northwest High School was reported to police in late August, according to an affidavit released Thursday by a Johnson County District Court judge.
The unidentified student originally denied having sexual relations with Mesa but then acknowledged having sex many times at his house and at school starting in late July.
Steven Mesa, a high school teacher and coach who couldn’t keep his libido in check was fired after years of service.
After more than 20 years of service to the Olathe School District, Mesa was terminated on September 1. According to court documents, he secured a $100,000 bond and was remanded to house arrest with GPS monitoring, among other restrictions, according to FOX 4 in Kansas City.
The district stated it took “rapid action to place Mesa on leave” and reported the incident to the police for inquiry in a statement to the Kansas City Star.
According to a spokeswoman, the school district takes claims of staff misbehavior “very seriously” and is “dedicated to making sure that our students are educated in a safe setting.”
A preliminary hearing will be held for Mesa on Tuesday, November 15 at 9 a.m.
Although Mesa’s sexual relations with the student appeared to be consensual, consensual intercourse with a person who is under a specific age limit could result in criminal prosecution and a prison sentence under statutory rape laws.
In case you missed it: Mom who Lost Second Child due to Co-Sleeping is Charged
Statutory rape is a crime that involves sexual intercourse with a person who is under an age by law, sometimes known as the “age of consent.” This offense is no longer referred to as “statutory rape” in many states.
The legal term for the crime differs from state to state. In certain states, the offense is classified as either general rape or sexual assault under state law.
In some cases, it may be considered a separate crime, such as sexual intercourse with a juvenile, sexual assault or child abuse, or criminal sexual penetration of a minor.
Statutory rape offenses represent society’s decision that children under a specific age are incapable of consenting to sexual activity because they lack the maturity required to make an informed decision about sexual conduct.
Based on this, the law might set the legal age of consent for sexual interactions at say 15, 16, or 17 years old. However, consent by the underage partner, unlike other sex crimes, is not a defense against statutory rape.