A former Hiawatha High School biology teacher was sentenced Monday morning to 36 months of probation and must register as a sex offender for 25 years for having sexual relations with a student.

Gabrielle Bauman, 24, of Fairview, was arrested on one count of unlawful sexual relations with a student in September 2017 following an investigation by the Hiawatha Police Department after a report was made to USD 415 administration in mid-June 2017.

Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill said the 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.

Hill said the criminal complaint alleged 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.”

Hill said that Bauman was “a border box since it’s a level 5 and she had no prior record.”

“With a border box the judge can sentence to a probation sentence if there is a suitable treatment program available,” Hill said. “They presented a pycho-sexual eval from a psychiatrist that identified mental issues that she is receiving treatment for.”

Hill said with that, along with the defense referencing the loss of her teaching license as a result of her conviction, and the victim and victim’s family asking for probation, District Judge James Patton sentenced her to community corrections for 36 months probation. She is required to register as a sex offender for 25 years. The prosecution did not ask for probation.

Bauman, who was visibly upset during the sentencing, 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.

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