Lenexa teacher charged for soliciting teen over internet

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LENEXA, Kan. - A Lenexa teacher has been charged with the electronic solicitation of a 16-year-old using the Internet.

FOX 4 News has learned the teacher, Jeremy John Way, 42, has bonded out of jail.

Way is a math and science teacher at Saint James Academy in Lenexa.  He has also volunteered as a Sunday School teacher at the Harvest Ridge Covenant Church in Shawnee.

The teenage victim is not a student at St. James Academy.

FOX 4 News spoke to the church's pastor Sunday night who said Way was a Sunday School teacher for a high school class.  He did not teach those classes by himself and there was always someone else in the room with him and the students.

The pastor also said the church did run a background check on Way when he first started working with the church a few years ago.  But at that time, they found nothing alarming.

The church said they are doing all they can to help the police with their investigation.

Way is scheduled to appear in District Court on April 30.



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