According to The Kansas City Star, a former high school teacher has been accused of multiple charges, including allegations of sexting with minor students, while teaching at Oak Grove High School located at 605 SE 12th St, Oak Grove, MO 64075.
Police were first made aware of the allegations against 27-year-old Ethan C. Grumke in May of 2021. However, they believe the misconduct had been on from December 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021. According to Missouri Children’s Division, a student was sent sexual videos from the suspect. An anonymous report alleged that Grumke had sent videos, including pornographic material, to another female student.
While the suspect denied other wrongdoings, he admitted to the school officials that the video he had sent was of himself and his wife having sex. Following a police investigation, other female students that know the suspect, including a minor, allege that they also received sexual content through apps such as Snapchat and Instagram. Court documents state that at least one student allegedly received a request from the suspect to engage in sexual relations.
Ethan C. Grumke is currently facing charges of stalking, attempting to make sexual contact with a student, in addition to furnishing pornographic material to a minor via text messaging. He was arrested on August 13 in Colorado, according to the Daily Beast.
Attorney contributor Reed Martens, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, represents the victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. We asked Reed to provide his knowledgeable insight on the legal options of victims sexually assaulted by a teacher to help them understand their rights.
“Teachers and staff have a legal obligation to do everything within their power to ensure a safe learning environment for their students. Parents and guardians trust that when they send their children to school, their children will be protected. Unfortunately, sexual predators gain employment within schools to exploit their positions of power and trust over students. Schools and staff should implement adequate security measures to maintain the safety of students. One example of such security measures could include an easily accessible misconduct reporting system.”
“If a school does not provide adequate security for students, the school could be held liable in the event that misconduct occurs. If sexual assault takes place, it is often due to the negligence of a third party, such as an employer. Victims that a teacher has sexually assaulted should seek the counsel of an experienced sexual abuse lawyer in order to help determine if their case involves negligence.”