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  • Former teacher gets 15-year sentence in sex case

  • A former Grain Valley teacher who pleaded guilty to molesting 11 of his students was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday.

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  • A former Grain Valley teacher who pleaded guilty to molesting 11 of his students was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday.
    Jackson County Judge Michael Manners sentenced Matthew J. Nelson to 15 years on each of the 15 counts of child molestation and seven years on one count of attempted child molestation. Manners ordered that the sentences run concurrently.
    Nelson pleaded guilty on March 13 as part of plea agreement that agreed to let him serve the sentences concurrently.
    Nelson had been a teacher for several years at Prairie Branch Elementary School in the Grain Valley School District. He had also served as a soccer coach for the Grain Valley High School team, both as a co-head coach and most recently as an assistant.
    Nelson pleaded guilty to molesting 11 boys in the second and third grade at Prairie Branch. He was arrested on Jan. 24, 2012, after parents contacted Grain Valley police and told them that their sons, ages 7 to 9, reported that Nelson had inappropriately touched them in his classroom. The incidents occurred between August 2008 and January 2012.
    The boys told police that Nelson touched their private areas through clothing or directly during classroom hours, including during movie times and reading periods, according to court records.
    More victims came forward later saying that Nelson had inappropriately touched them during school outings, including a trip to a Kansas City Royals game, and in the classroom.
    Nelson posted bond on March 12, 2012, and was released. He had been staying in a Blue Springs neighborhood near his parents.
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