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Lenexa teacher charged with sodomy, solicitation of teen

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A math and science teacher from a Lenexa Catholic school has been with criminal sodomy and electronic solicitation of a 16-year-old. A math and science teacher from a Lenexa Catholic school has been with criminal sodomy and electronic solicitation of a 16-year-old.
In addition to his teaching duties at St. James, Way also served as a volunteer for the youth group at Harvest Ridge Covenant Church in Shawnee. In addition to his teaching duties at St. James, Way also served as a volunteer for the youth group at Harvest Ridge Covenant Church in Shawnee.
LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -

A math and science teacher from a Lenexa Catholic school has been with criminal sodomy and electronic solicitation of a 16-year-old.

Authorities are not releasing any details about the accusations against Jeremy John Way, 42, of Shawnee, only saying the date of alleged offense was Oct. 18 of last year.

Way taught at St. James for three years and was not only a chemistry and physics teacher, he was the coach for the school's Science Olympiad team.

A spokesperson for the Kansas City, KS, Archdiocese said Shawnee police went to the school Thursday to notify officials of the investigation.

At that time, he was placed on immediate administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.

Police informed the school that the alleged victim in the case was not a student at St. James.  Notification was sent to parents last Friday, the day Way was arrested.

In addition to his teaching duties at St. James, Way also served as a volunteer for the youth group at Harvest Ridge Covenant Church in Shawnee.

In a letter to parishioners, the church says it is cooperating fully with the police investigation, and, at this point, they don't believe anything inappropriate has taken place with any church attendee.  And they said they are cooperating fully with the investigation.

Way's neighbors near West 71st Street and Nieman Road say the man they knew went out of his way to help shovel snow for his neighbors without being asked and was a role model at his school.

"It is really sad this happened. It is a shame, because (he) probably messed his life up now," neighbor Joe Pabst said.

Way was released from jail after posting bond. His next court date is scheduled for April 30.

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