Topeka teen who was subject of protest arrested on 11 counts

Posted at 4:53 PM, February 23, 2022 and last updated 4:48 PM, July 5, 2023

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka West High School student who prompted protests at the school has been charged with 11 criminal counts involving five alleged victims, Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said.

Kagay will ask a judge to charge the male student as an adult, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. His name has not been released because he is a juvenile.

More than 100 Topeka West students marched, chanted and carried signs on Sept. 17 to protest what they said was a lack of response to allegations that the student had sexually assaulted a female in July.

The defendant is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, two counts each of aggravated sodomy and battery and one count each of sexual battery, indecent solicitation, aggravated sexual battery and attempted aggravated sodomy, Kagay said.

The defendant has been in custody since he was arrested in September for an alleged probation violation from an earlier conviction.