Knehans pleads guilty

UPDATE:

Former Jefferson City Public School District teacher Christopher Knehans pled guilty to two counts of sexual contact with a student in Sept. 2011.

During a hearing Monday morning in Cole County Judge Dan Green's courtroom, Knehans admitted to inappropriately touching a female student on two occasions.

Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson said there was a plea agreement on the second count against Knehans where he faces a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 60 days in jail.

However, there is no agreement on the sentencing for the first count and Knehans could face a maximum of four years in prison.

Knehans attorney, Scott Hamblin, told the judge that the plea was in the best interest of his client.

Green ordered a sentencing advisory report be completed before he sentenced Knehans on December 12.

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Almost a year after being suspended from teaching because of an investigation into a possible affair with a high school student, former band teacher Christopher Knehans will appear in court in Jefferson City this morning and is expected to plead guilty to charges filed after that investigation.

Knehans, 38, was scheduled to face a Cole County jury beginning Tuesday morning, on a grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of sexual contact with a female student — but that trial would be canceled by a guilty plea.

Circuit Judge Dan Green confirmed this weekend Knehans would appear in court this morning, but did not say whether Knehans would plead guilty to the grand jury’s charge, or if an agreement was reached with prosecutors on a different charge.

Knehans — who lived on Glendale Drive last year, but whose home now is shown in court records as ....

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