Student pleads guilty in connection with Shawnee Mission East sexual assault incident


The 15-year-old boy who was accused of sexually assaulting a girl at Shawnee Mission East in September has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of aggravated battery and will be required to register as sex offender for five years.

The boy, who was not identified because of his age, also is serving a 10-day sentence at a juvenile detention facility and will be on probation for two years, according to a statement from the Johnson County District Attorney office.

The sentencing also required him to attend intensive inpatient psychological treatment. The youth also has agreed to pay restitution for the counseling of his victims.

The charges were brought originally in connection with a Sept. 14 incident at SM East in which a 14-year-old girl told school officials she was touched inappropriately after being pushed into the boy’s restroom.

It was later reported by The Kansas City Star that the boy, who lives in Leawood, also assaulted a second girl the same day the bathroom incident took place. The boy also was said to have exposed himself to a third girl in April 2015, according to the complaint filed by the district attorney.

The incident prompted students at SM East to wear black in solidarity with the girl who reported the assault, a movement that spread to other high schools in the metropolitan area via a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #WearBlacktoStopAttacks.