PEABODY — Peabody-Burns Social Studies teacher and coach Christopher R. Young was recently charged with eight felonies in connection with alleged activity with students.
A complaint filed in the Marion District Court charges Young with five counts of unlawful sexual relations and three counts of sexual exploitation.
According to statute and the complaint, unlawful sexual relations is consensual sexual intercourse, lewd fondling or touching or sodomy with a person who is not married to the offender when the offender is a teacher or other person in authority and the person engaged in the activity is 16 years old or older. The complaint identified, by initial and birthday, two accusers in the five counts. The alleged incidents occurred between Jan. 28 and 29.
According to statute and the complaint, sexual exploitation of a child includes possession of “any visual depiction of a child under 18 years of age shown or heard engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires or appeal to the prurient interest of the offender or any other person.” According to the complaint, Young allegedly came into possession of those materials on Dec. 22, 2017, and Dec. 27, 2017. In each charge a different minor is listed by initial and birthday — the same juveniles listed for unlawful sexual relations.
Peabody-Burns school district officials did not return phone calls to the Newton Kansan.
Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke would not comment further on the case or investigation with the Kansan, only stating that the case is still under investigation.
At this time, Young has not been arrested.