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FBI announces hotline after teacher charged with sex crimes

Posted 2:57 p.m. Tuesday
Updated 2:59 p.m. Tuesday

— The FBI has set up a hotline to collect information about a suburban Kansas City teacher who is charged with sex crimes.

The agency said Monday that its Kansas City Child Exploitation Task Force has joined Blue Springs police in investigating allegations against 52-year-old James Green Jr., The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2puUcDx ) reports.

Green, who is on administrative leave from teaching and coaching in the North Kansas City School District, is charged with six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. Bond is set at $100,000. No attorney is listed for the Blue Springs man in online court records.

While working for Blue Springs South High School, he's accused of sexually assaulting a Smithville High School student in 2005. The alleged victim, now 27, told a detective that he and Green had met online.

Police learned last week that the FBI also was investigating Green. Green was taken into custody Friday afternoon after going to his second job at Kauffman Stadium, according to court records.

The documents say Green told Blue Springs police that he has had sexual relationships with two boys under the age of 18 and that he has secretly filmed boys in locker rooms at various schools where he has worked.

The North Kansas City School District said in a statement that it is "fully cooperating" with law enforcement in the investigation.

The district is facing a federal lawsuit stemming from the actions of a former Northgate Middle School teacher Samuel Waltemath. He was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty last year to sexually assaulting a female student.

A parent of the girl alleges in the lawsuit that the district didn't do enough to investigate earlier reports that Waltemath had sexually inappropriate images of students on his school-issued laptop and cellphone. The suit also says the district hired Waltemath even though he had a history of improper relationships with students in other districts where he had worked.

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