A former Hiawatha USD 415 teacher entered plea of no contest Monday in Brown County District Court to one count of unlawful sexual relations with a student.
Gabrielle Bauman, 24, of Fairview, was arrested in September following an investigation by the Hiawatha Police Department after a report was made to USD 415 administration in mid-June 2017.
“Their investigation included the execution of a search warrant and forensic review of several electronic devices by the Hiawatha Police Department’s Digital Forensics Unit and the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Lab in Kansas City,” said Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill said. “The criminal complaint alleges conduct covering a time-period from November 2016 through May 21, 2017 at which time Bauman was employed as a high school teacher at Hiawatha High School.”
The complaint indicates that the alleged victim was a “person 16 years or older who was a student enrolled at Hiawatha High School where the offender was employed.”
Bauman taught anatomy and biology at Hiawatha High School for one year. A graduate of Sabetha High School, she was a student teacher for one semester and then was hired by the district as an instructor for the 2016-2017 school year. The school board accepted her resignation at the regular July board meeting.
Hill said that by entering her plea to the Level 5 person felony, she will potentially have to register as a sex offender for a period of 25 years. Bauman is free on a $5,000 surety bond and is set for sentencing at 9 a.m. on Jan. 22.