Kan. Teacher Says Not Guilty to Sex With Student
Associated Press - February 4, 2014 11:11 am
The lawyer who sued to overturn Kansas' ban on same-sex marriages says he will amend the lawsuit to try and force state agencies to provide benefits to married same-sex couples.
A south central Kansas teacher has pleaded not guilty to having unlawful sexual relations with a student.
Twenty-four-year-old Ashley Marie Eck, of Augusta, also waived her right to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Monday in Cowley County.
Eck was a teacher at Winfield High School. The Winfield Daily Courier reports a police investigation began shortly after graduation in May of last year.
She remains on administrative leave from the school district. If convicted, Eck would face a sentence of not less than 31 or more than 136 months in prison, a fine of up to $300,000 and post-release supervision.