LENEXA, Kan. - A local science teacher who has been recognized for his work in the classroom now faces charges involving sexual crimes against a child.
Jeremy John Way, 42, is charged with one count of electronic solicitation of a child less than 16 years old and one count of criminal sodomy involving a child less than 16 but older than 14, according to the Johnson County District Court.
Way is a teacher at St. James Academy in Lenexa, and was the 2010 recipient of the Educating Excellence Award. He teaches chemistry and physics, and has also served as the Science Olympiad coach.
In addition to teaching kids in Lenexa, Way was also a volunteer at Harvest Ridge Covenant in Shawnee.
A church spokesperson said parishioners were told about what happened on Saturday.
"We want to love and encourage their family and any potential victim that may be involved in this particular situation," spokesperson Ken Schroeder said. "There has been no accusation to anything inappropriate with parishioners or any child or young adults at Harvest Ridge."
Schroeder said no one is ever alone with a child at Harvest Ridge Covenant and everyone works as a team.
"We have safeguards in place to protect those within the walls of the church," he said.
The church said it is cooperating with police regarding Way's arrest.
He was booked and released on a $100,000 bond Friday, April 19.
The conditions of his bond state that he is not contact any victims or witnesses, or use a computer.