Wichita school employee charged with sex crimes involving child

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita Public Schools employee has been charged with aggravated sexual battery involving a mentally disabled minor.

Tommy T. Rains was arrested on January 2, 2018 according to, Sedgwick County Jail booking records. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, tells KAKE News that Rains has already had his first appearance and was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a person with mental deficiency.

According to a police report, the first offense occurred around August of 2015, but it was not actually reported to law enforcement until late November of 2017.

Bennett confirmed that Rains was employed by USD 259. Online staff directories showed Rain working at the Levy Special Education Center. It's unclear what his role was at the school and if the alleged crime occurred there. The district attorney also couldn't confirm if the victim was a student at the school.

Wichita Public Schools spokesperson Susan Arensman gave the following statement. "The employee is on administrative leave."

When asked for clarification if the employee is on paid or unpaid leave, Arensman responded with, "Paid administrative leave. We are cooperating with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation." 

KAKE News was informed by District Attorney Bennett that Rains is being represented by local attorney Kurt Kerns. KAKE News staff has not been able to get in contact with Kerns.

Rains will be back in court January 17th.

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