Former Shawnee city councilman arrested, charged with unlawful sexual relations
Justin Adrian was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.
The former Shawnee city councilman, who quietly resigned from his seat on Sept. 12, is being charged with unlawful sexual relations.
A complaint filed with the Johnson County District Attorney's office states Adrian is accused of engaging in consensual sodomy with a person 16 or more years old. The alleged incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 7.
The age of consent is 16 in Kansas, but it is a felony for schoolteachers and other authority figures to have sexual relationships with students at the same school.
On Sept. 13, a spokesperson for the Olathe School District had confirmed to the Dispatch that Adrian had been placed on administrative leave on Sept. 10.
The spokesperson also confirmed with the Dispatch this week that Adrian, an Olathe East High School history teacher, has placed his resignation with the school district.
When Adrian resigned from the city council two weeks ago, he did not offer a reason.
In his letter, addressed to the city manager and mayor, Adrian simply thanked the city of Shawnee and his constituents for their support during the election and after being sworn in.
Adrian had represented Ward 3, which encompasses a large portion of western Shawnee.
Per charter ordinance, if a council vacancy occurs from May 2 to Dec. 31, the remaining council members may appoint someone to fill the vacancy until a special election is called at which time a candidate will be elected for the unexpired term.
The council will discuss the process to fill the vacancy at the Oct. 2 council committee meeting.
Johnson County Sheriff's Department booking records show the 33-year-old was held on $50,000 bail.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 4.
-Mike Frizzell of Operation 100 News contributed to this report