Former Olathe Northwest coach charged with having unlawful sexual relations with student

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 2:02 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - A man who was Olathe Northwest’s head wrestling coach has been charged with three counts of having unlawful sexual relations with a student.

According to court documents out of Johnson County, Kansas, 47-year-old Steven A. Mesa is facing three counts of unlawful sexual relations.

Each count alleges that Mesa had “consensual sexual intercourse” with an individual who was at least 16 years old while the individual was “a student enrolled at the school where the offender was employed.”

The age of consent in Kansas is 16 years old, so Mesa was not charged with statutory rape. Unlawful sexual relations is a felony.

Each count alleges that said contact took place between July 1 and Aug. 26 of this year.

School district documents show that Mesa was terminated from Olathe Northwest High School on Sept. 1.

In a statement, Olathe Public Schools said: “Upon learning of these allegations, the district took swift action to place Mesa on leave, refer the matter to local law enforcement, conduct an investigation, and make the recommendation of termination to the Board of Education. The Board of Education took immediate action, and at the September Board meeting, Mesa was terminated.”

According to the district, Mesa was hired on Aug. 6, 2001. The district said he was a high school teacher throughout his time there. The school district documents previously mentioned stated that his area was physical education.

The district also said that he was the head wrestling coach at the time he was fired. Last year, he was an assistant baseball coach.

The court document continues, stating that a warrant was ordered to be issued for Mesa’s arrest.

A check of the booking log later Wednesday does indicate that he was taken into custody. The booking log states that he was arrested at 12:30 p.m. and booked at 2:11 p.m.

According to court documents, his bond has been set at $100,000. If Mesa does post bond, he will be placed on house arrest, required to wear a GPS monitoring device, and required to stay at least 100 yards away from the school and the student’s residence.

Olathe Public Schools (USD 233) personnel and Snapchat, Inc. are listed as witnesses, among others.

The legal document does not provide further details.

On Wednesday, KCTV5 News spoke with an 18-year-old senior who has been wrestling for Mesa since he was a freshman.

“I’ve known Coach Mesa for-- I know who he is,” he said. “It kind of hurts to see this. But at the same time, I mean, I still love him.”

Below is the full statement from Olathe Public Schools: