Ritenour School District teacher charged with sexual contact with a student

OVERLAND, MO (KTVI) - A Ritenour School District teacher is charged with sexual contact with a former student.

ausarAccording to court documents, Conye Ausar is charged with sexual contact with a student for an incident that is alleged to have happened in November 2011.

Court documents allege in 2011, Ausar knowingly had sexual contact with a female Ritenour High School student, but having that student perform oral sex on him while in the wrestling room of the high school.

In a letter to Ritenour School District families, Superintendent Dr. Chris Killbride said in part;

"In January, the district alerted Overland police when administrators received information about alleged inappropriate contact between a Ritenour Middle School teacher and a former Ritenour High School student. The teacher, who also is a coach at Ritenour High School, was placed on administrative leave on Jan. 25.

Our district has been working closely with the Overland Police Department to ensure a thorough investigation. As a result of the police investigation, the teacher was arrested today".

"I think it's horrible.  I'm shocked" said Barry Clemons, a parent of a Ritenour High School student.  "I've got a son who goes here and he's not a wrestler but I just feel bad for all of the parents that's going through that.  It's just, horrible" he said.

The Ritenour School District issued the following statement after Ausar's arrest:

"We are deeply troubled by any report that a staff member may have engaged in inappropriate behavior with a student.  We hold our educators and other district employees to the highest standards of conduct and are committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment for our students.  We will continue cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities as they move forward with this case"

Ausar is being held on a $15,000 bail.

RITENOUR STATEMENT

Feb. 7, 2017

"We are deeply troubled by any report that a staff member may have engaged in inappropriate behavior with a student. We hold our educators and other district employees to the highest standards of conduct and are committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment for our students. We will continue cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities as they move forward with this case.

Dear Ritenour Families,

This is a difficult letter to write, but one I believe is important. In an effort to provide accurate information to the school community, I want to inform you of a sensitive situation regarding one of our teachers.

In January, the district alerted Overland police when administrators received information about alleged inappropriate contact between a Ritenour Middle School teacher and a former Ritenour High School student. The teacher, who also is a coach at Ritenour High School, was placed on administrative leave on Jan. 25.

Our district has been working closely with the Overland Police Department to ensure a thorough investigation. As a result of the police investigation, the teacher was arrested today.

These allegations are deeply disturbing. Yet for privacy reasons, I hope you understand I am not able to provide specific details.

We hold educators and other district employees to the highest standards of conduct in the best interest of students. We stand committed to providing an environment focused on learning for our students. Administrators and staff are cooperating fully with the appropriate investigative authorities.

Please know we appreciate your cooperation and support as we continue to work together to assure the safety of our children and create a culture where every student feels valued and respected. As always, we encourage parents to contact school administrators or counselors if you have concerns about your child. Counselors and social workers are available for any student or staff member who may want help or needs any type of support related to this situation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chris Kilbride

Superintendent