Liberal teacher fired after being arrested on rape, sexual battery charges

LIBERAL, Kan. (KWCH) Update Thursday, Dec. 21:

A Liberal High School teacher has been fired by the USD 480 school board after being booked on rape and sexual battery charges.

Tyson McGuire is a former track and cross country coach that was arrested in December after two students reported that he touched them inappropriately.

He was booked into the Seward County Jail for rape and sexual battery with a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

According to Leader & Times, the Board of Education of Unified School District No. 480 terminated McGuire's contract effective Dec. 20.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at the Seward County Courthouse.

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Update Wednesday, Dec. 20:

A Liberal High School teacher bonds out of jail after being booked on rape and sexual battery charges.

Tyson McGuire, a teacher, and a track and cross country coach was arrested earlier this month after two students reported that he touched them inappropriately.

Two female athletes last month told a school administrator McGuire touched them separate times while treating sports-related injuries. The Liberal school district placed McGuire on administrative leave and Liberal police began an investigation.

The case was then presented to the Seward County Attorney's Office.

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Original story from Dec. 8
A Liberal teacher and cross country coach is accused of inappropriately touching three students.

The school board placed Tyson McGuire on administrative leave Monday. Administrators submitted documents to the board that say McGuire was reprimanded three times over the past three school years.

The first was during the 2015-16 school year. A student said McGuire rubbed her thighs and went under her spandex while applying pain relief gel.

This year, a different student reported inappropriate conduct and that prompted school leaders to ban McGuire from being alone with students.

This year, a third student told administrators Mcquire touched her inappropriately. The district placed him on administrative leave him after this incident.

The district released the following statement:

Liberal High School administration was informed of allegations of inappropriate misconduct involving a teacher and students. Liberal Public Schools does not comment on personnel or student matters.

We understand the severity of these allegations and are conducting a thorough investigating to ensure that the situation is handled appropriately. We ask students and parents to understand the seriousness and sensitivity of any matter involving staff and students and ask that you please respect their privacy.

USD 480 is committed to the responsibility we have to the students and community of Liberal.

Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our students.

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the BOE approved resolution 12-04-17 which stated the contract of Tyson McGuire for violation of BOE policy GU (Ethics and Staff/ Student relations). Mr. McGuire has been placed on leave with pay and has 10 days to file a written appeal per the negotiated agreement.