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School employee accused of having sex with a student

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A staff member at Blue Valley Southwest High School is facing a criminal charge after he was accused of having sex with a student.

The accused staff member had worked at the high school less than two months.

"I've heard nothing of it, there's nothing online and I was on there today and there's nothing about that," said Nancy Hatutian.

Hatutian and other parents KCTV5 talked to had no idea a paraprofessional at Blue Valley Southwest High School is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female student. Ernest Newton, 25, was charged with unlawful sexual relations last month.

"I'm just horrified. I have a 16-year-old attending there who is in contact with paraprofessionals and just I hope she was never around him," Hatutian said.

"In the Blue Valley School District there are a few reasons we have paraprofessionals, there are times we need extra support," said Dr. Scott McWilliams, the executive director of human resources for the school district.

McWilliams said paraprofessionals help where it's needed - from students with special needs to the library and media center. They do not have a formal education required of teachers, but they do go through the same background checks.

In Newton's case he was hired just last August. According to court records, he was engaged in a sexual relationship with the victim less than a month after being employed with the school. The girl is over the age of 16.

District Attorney Steve Howe said this charge was created to protect students in these types of cases.

"Even though the person is over the age of consent, which is 16 in the state of Kansas, it's still unlawful for them to have sexual relations with that individual because of the power differential," Howe said.

Newton either quit or was fired on Oct. 8. A spokesperson for the district said because this is a personnel issue and because they don't believe any other students were involved, parents and students weren't notified about what happened.

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