Update: Former GEHS Teacher of the Year Charged


Todd Alan Burd, former choir teacher at GEHS was arrested today on two counts of Aggravated Sodomy by Force.  The crimes allegedly took place in late October last year.  The victim was 15-16 years old at that time.  Burd is currently being held in the Olathe Detention Center on $250,000 bond.  Arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (November 1st).

Burd was the GEHS Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2015, but does not currently work in the school district.  His occupation is listed as “unemployed.”

The Edge will update this story as more information is available, although the Edge will not be reporting the name of the victim (even if it were to become public) out of respect for his or her privacy.


Update: Arraignment was held on Nov.1 as scheduled.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for November 8. Criminal prosecutions typically begin with an arraignment. … A preliminary hearing is best described as a “trial before the trial” at which the judge decides, not whether the defendant is “guilty” or “not guilty,” but whether there is enough evidence to force the defendant to stand trial. Burd remains in custody, although bond has been reduced to $150,000.