A former Lee's Summit teacher faces felony sex charges for his alleged involvement with a male high school student.
The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office charged 25-year-old Zhiyang Ji, of Lenexa, Kansas, with two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. According to court documents, a district administrator reported Tuesday to police about the relationship between Ji and the student, and Ji had admitted he performed sexual acts with the student.
Ji, who had been living in the United States for five years on a work visa from China, had taught Chinese in the district since August 2016, according to court documents. He and the student first started talking earlier this year, including on the web app “WeChat” and Ji started tutoring him in math and Chinese. The victim told police the sexual acts occurred on multiple days outside of school, including at the suspect's residence. Ji confirmed those accounts and admitted to exchanging nude photos with the victim. He also said he knew the relationship between himself and the victim was wrong and illegal.
In a statement, the Lee's Summit School District said in a statement that it is aware of the charges but couldn't provide further details, citing student privacy, the ongoing investigation and that it involves individual personnel action.
“The school district takes allegations of this nature very seriously and took immediate corrective action upon learning of them,” the statement reads. “Nothing is more important than the safety and welfare of our students.”
Ji is being held in the Jackson County jail on $75,000 bond.