The Bourbon County Attorney's office filed a criminal complaint Monday morning against Abby C. Kramer, 23, in the Bourbon County District Court as a result of her arrest Wednesday afternoon after school officials reported an incident reagarding an alleged sexual relationship between Kramer and a 17-year-old FSHS student.
Kramer was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child and three counts of unlawful sexual relations, according to Bourbon County Court documents. All charges are felony charges. Sexual exploitation of a child carries a maximum sentence of 136 months, while each count of unlawful sexual relations carries a maximum of 13 months.
According to court documents, sexual exploitation of a child refers to the possession of any visual or audio medium in which a depiction of a child under 18 years of age is shown or heard engaging in sexually explicit conduct, with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire or appeal to the prurient interest of the offender, the child or another.
The charges of unlawful sexual relations are described as the offender unlawfully and feloniously engaging in consensual sexual intercourse, sodomy, or lewd fondling or touching with a child under 18 years of age.
All incidences are believe to have occurred on, about, or between Nov. 3, 2009 and May 12, 2010, according to court documents.
During a special meeting of the USD 234 Board of Education Monday afternoon, Kramer's employment with the district was officially terminated by a unanimous vote. USD 234 Superintendent Rick Werling said Kramer was not only the FSHS dance team sponsor but was also the sponsor for GEAR UP, a program FSHS contracted through Neosho County Community College.
GEAR UP is a program funded through the United States Department of Education which is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education, according to the USDE website. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.
NCCC GEAR UP Grant Program Director Brenda Armstrong declined to comment on Kramer's employment with the program and the charges filed against Kramer.
When asked by The Tribune for a comment regarding the district condoning this type of behavior by its employees, Werling declined comment citing personnel matters.
"It's a personnel issue; I can't discuss it with anyone," Werling said.
Kramer was released on May 14 after posting a $25,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in the Bourbon County District Court at 9 a.m. Monday, June 14.