Knehans sentenced to 60 days

Circuit Court Marshal Rob Bucklew removes Christopher Knehans from Judge Green's Cole County Courtroom after Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

Circuit Court Marshal Rob Bucklew removes Christopher Knehans from Judge Green's Cole County Courtroom after Wednesday's sentencing hearing. Photo by Julie Smith.

By Bob Watson

bwatson@newstribune.com

Christopher Knehans, a former Jefferson City Public Schools band teacher, was taken to the Cole County Jail this morning after Circuit Judge Dan Green sentenced him this morning to 60 days in jail, for his guilty pleas to two counts of sexual contact with a student, in September 2011.

Under terms of a plea agreement, Knehans was to be sentenced to between 30 and 60 days on the second count, and Green imposed the maximum.

Green had the option of sentencing Knehans to up to four years in prison on the first count — he suspended the imposition of any sentence, and ordered Knehans to serve three years supervised probation.

During a Sept. 23 hearing, Knehans admitted to inappropriately touching a female student on two occasions.

He resigned from the school district last March and the state Board of Education has revoked his teaching certificate permanently.

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