OLATHE, Kan. — A former wrestling coach at Olathe Northwest is accused of multiple sexual crimes against a student.
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office charged Steven Mesa with three counts of unlawful sexual relations with a person aged 16 or older.
According to court documents, the allegations occurred between July 1 and Aug. 26. The teenager attended Olathe Northwest, the documents state.
The Olathe Board of Education terminated Mesa earlier this month.
Mesa had coached and served as a physical education teacher in the Olathe Public Schools district for nearly 20 years. He was named the Kansas 6A wrestling coach of the year in 2015.
Olathe Northwest notified parents and guardians of Mesa’s termination in a letter several weeks ago.
“I wanted to make you aware that Mr. Mesa, your child’s PE teacher, will not be returning to Olathe Northwest. We have an outstanding substitute in place currently and will be looking to name a permanent teacher as quickly as possible,” Chris Zuck, Olathe Northwest Principal, said in a letter.
FOX4 spoke with parents who said they heard rumors, but some were still surprised by news after charges were filed.
“I’m just kind of surprised that it happened here. I know everybody is screened before they’re hired and there’s regulations and training, you know, and everything was made clear, so I’m surprised those rules were broken,” parent Nancy Bolyard said.
“I still feel it’s a safe place to bring my child.”
The court ordered Mesa to remain on house arrest and wear an ankle bracelet, among other conditions.
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