Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct Arraigned

6 years 6 months 3 days ago Wednesday, November 16 2011 Nov 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:56:00 PM CST November 16, 2011 in News
By: Justin Prochaska
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JEFFERSON CITY - A former Jefferson City school teacher accused of sexual misconduct was arraigned Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court. Christopher Knehans was a band instructor at Jefferson City High School. On Sept. 28, Jefferson City law enforcement contacted a Jefferson City High School student to follow up on a possible inappropriate action by a Knehans.

Knehans is facing two counts of sexual misconduct. The alleged incidents occurred on Sept. 10 and Sept. 23.

"Knehans has been placed on administrative leave from the district," David Luther, assistant superintendent of Jefferson City Public Schools, said. "The district's investigation of the case is ongoing."

Khenhans has until Feb. 22 to make a plea and the case will go to trial.

Jefferson City school officials refused to let any high school personnel speak with KOMU 8 about the incident.

"There is one victim for both alleged incidents," Cole County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson said.

If Knehans is found guilty, he could face up to five years in prison and lose his teaching license.

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