OLATHE, Kan. — A Johnson County, Kansas teacher faces multiple child sex crimes charges.

According to court records filed this week, Nicholas Grey Prutsman, 28, is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

He was a teacher at Gardner-Edgerton High School at the time of the alleged crimes, according to court records.

Prutsman is currently not listed on the school’s staff page. An October 2021 article from the high school lists him as an automotive technology instructor.

“Well, of course that’s shocking,” Parent Carrie Schmidt said.

“Upset, somewhat angry by it,” Parent Frank Moore said.

Moore said Prutsman was one of his son’s favorite teachers

“Here my son’s been in his class and it really makes you think about some of the things my son’s told me about how he would be like, ‘Hey, in the summer or whenever bring your car in, bring it over, I’ll help you work on it.’ Things like that, and it just kind of made me shudder,” Moore said, “like holy cow, is this how he operates?”

A police report indicated investigators believe Prutsman used computer equipment to solicit or exploit girls who he knew were underage, that report lists two girls, ages 16 and 17.

I’m super proud of the student who spoke out,” Schmidt said, “and basically, it’s protecting everybody in the district.”

“You send your children to school with the feeling that they’re at a safe place,” Moore said, “There are things that happen that are beyond a school’s control, or a teacher’s control
but when it’s something that’s on the inside like that, it’s almost horrifying.”

The district said police alerted them about the allegations Dec. 12, and that was Prutsman’s last day in the classroom.

In a statement to FOX4 the district encouraged students to speak up if they see inappropriate behavior.

The Board of Education approved a resolution on Jan. 19 to fire Prutsman.

“I’m very grateful for what they did, I’m very thankful for them taking it super seriously,” Schmidt said.

The school district  shared this letter with Gardner Edgerton High School Families.

“Dear Gardner Edgerton High School Families:

On December 12, 2022, the Gardner Police Department notified the District of allegations of criminal conduct against GEHS teacher Nick Prutsman. The District acted immediately to remove Mr. Prutsman from the classroom and school campus. Although not privy to the ongoing criminal investigation details, the District worked carefully, following laws and District policies, to fully cooperate with law enforcement in their investigation.

Today, January 19th, the District learned the Johnson County District Attorney’s office criminally charged Mr. Prutsman. Unfortunately, due to the pending criminal investigation and as this is a personnel matter, we cannot provide additional details. In no way does USD 231 tolerate such misconduct and acted as quickly as possible to support those involved.

Our top priority is the safety of students and staff. If you suspect inappropriate behavior in any school or classroom, please immediately notify the principal or law enforcement. If you have any additional information regarding this case or potentially related incidents, please contact Dr. Jody Marshall, Director of Human Resources, (913) 856-2015, or the Gardner Police Department,  (913) 856-7312. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”

Prutsman was booked into the Johnson County jail Thursday and later released on a $200,000 bond.

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