Court files motion to consolidate multiple cases against former Funky Munky music teacher
OLATHE, Kan. — On Wednesday, the State of Kansas filed a motion to consolidate multiple cases against a former Funky Munky music teacher accused of inappropriately touching his young students.
The court moved to consolidate two separate cases against 28-year-old Sean Dow. In the first he is charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and in the second, Dow is charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14.
Initially the courts sought to consolidate just the two cases, but are now considering adding a third case, in which Dow is charged with tampering with an electronic monitoring device, for allegedly removing a house arrest bracelet and traveling to California in June of this year.
Dow responded with a request opposing the state’s motion to consolidate, siting that “the joinder of the two cases would be unduly prejudicial and manifestly unjust to Defendant.” The request states that there were insufficient facts which connected the cases with one another. It states that the proposed joinder would “prejudice Defendant by bolstering weaker counts with stronger counts.”
The request goes on to state that by adding the case involving the electronic device, that it would unfairly depict Dow as trying to avoid prosecution in the former cases involving indecent liberties with children.