Court Updates: Hiawatha Teacher
A former Hiawatha teacher who was charged with having unlawful sexual relations with an underage student while she was teaching at Hiawatha High School during the 2016-17 school year is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22.
Gabrielle Bauman, 24, of Fairview pleaded no contest to the complaint as charged — unlawful sexual relations, a level 5-person felony — in November 2017.
Bauman was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 29, on one felony count of unlawful sexual relations. According to Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill, Bauman was arrested following an investigation by the Hiawatha Police Department (HPD) after a report was made to USD No. 415 administration in June 2017. Hill said their investigation included the execution of a search warrant and forensic review of several electronic devices by the HPD Digital Forensics Unit and the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Lab in Kansas City.
The criminal complaint alleges conduct covering a time period from November 2016 through May 21, 2017, during which time Bauman was employed as a science teacher at Hiawatha High School. It is alleged that Bauman unlawfully engaged in consensual sexual intercourse or lewd fondling or touching of a student born in 1999.
The USD No. 415 Board of Education accepted Bauman’s resignation during their July 10 meeting. She had taught at Hiawatha High School for one year.
According to Hill, Bauman will have to register as a sex offender for a period of 25 years.
Bauman is a 2012 graduate of Sabetha High School.
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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.