Olathe Schools Accepted $ 295,000 Settlement in Criminal Harassment Case
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) – A school district in suburban Kansas City, Kansas, secretly agreed earlier this year to pay the family of an elementary student in Olathe who was harassed by a now-imprisoned former teacher $ 295,000 .
Olathe Public Schools finalized the settlement in May to avoid a family lawsuit, but kept the settlement a secret until the Kansas City Star filed for open cases who revealed it.
Although the dossier deal was heavily redacted, the newspaper said a settlement was reached in the case of former Olathe teacher James Loganbill, who was sentenced earlier this month to one year. County jail for stalking and sentenced to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years.
Longabill was a teacher at Meadow Lane Elementary School when he took more than 240 photos of the legs and buttocks of a 10-year-old girl, police said. The girl was a fourth-grader at the school and investigators said Longabill took the photos for her sexual gratification. Police also found evidence that Loganbill was tracking the girl’s whereabouts and watching her competitive dance routines on YouTube.
Loganbill resigned in March 2020 and then applied for his retirement after three decades of working at three different schools in Olathe.
As a result of this case, the Kansas legislature changed the crime of reckless stalking to a felony, resulting in more jail time.
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