Former Olathe East teacher, city councilman found guilty of sexually assaulting student

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A former Olathe East High School teacher has been found guilty of aggravated battery and sexual battery for sexually assaulting a student at school.

Justin Adrian was not only a teacher but also a Shawnee city councilman. A man of trust in both venues, he's now a felon and a sex offender.

It's a steep fall for someone who, at one time, was looked up to and trusted by students and the public.

"The family is relieved and thinks it`s very important that Mr. Adrian was held criminally liable today," said Carrie Brous, an attorney representing the victim.

She said what Adrian did to this boy has been devastating to him and his family.

On September 6, 2018, Adrian began talking to the student on Grindr, a dating app similar to Tinder, used by gay and bisexual men. Adrian's messages quickly became sexually inappropriate.

The next day at school, while the two were alone, Adrian locked his door, began kissing and touching the teen, also performing oral sex on him.

"They've been dealing with trying to heal from the assault for a year," Brous said.

"They think it's so important because Mr. Adrian was a teacher and he was put in a position of trust over the victim and the other students at the school. The assault happened at school in a locked classroom during the day with a building full of people and they were red flags that the school did not act on."

They're red flags listed in a civil lawsuit filed by Brous on behalf of the student against the Olathe School District.

The suit alleges Adrian, a former male underwear model, "would discuss his modeling career and show the photographs at school to anyone who would listen and look."

The teacher also posted them on his public Facebook page.

Teachers quoted in the lawsuit felt it was, "inappropriate and creepy."  Students were also allegedly "creeped out" by the pictures.

The suit goes further, saying that by allowing Adrian to be the head of the Gay-Straight Alliance LGBTQ Club, the district enabled him to gain a further position of trust among those students, including the boy he sexually abused.

"The family really wants to be a part of the solution," Brous said. "There needs to be training about what to look for when teachers might sexually assault a student. They don't want any other student to be sexually assaulted by a teacher. It's been horrible."

The Olathe School District is declined to comment due to the pending lawsuit.

Adrian must register as a sex offender for 15 years and spend time in prison for what he did. How much time will be decided at sentencing Jan. 8.

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