Shawnee Mission North teacher arrested on felony sexual exploitation charges

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The Shawnee Mission Board of Education on Wednesday voted to terminate the employment of an SM North math teacher who was arrested earlier in the day on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor.

  • Sheriff’s Office records indicate that deputies executed an arrest warrant for Alexander David Morris, 32, around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was was subsequently taken into custody and charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
  • The criminal complaint alleges that between Jan. 31 and Sept.15, he unlawfully possessed images depicting a child under the age of 18 engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
  • Morris is currently in the Johnson County Adult Detention Center on $150,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Inside Shawnee Mission North school.
District officials confirm Morris had been a teacher at Shawnee Mission North since 2013. File photo.

SM North Principal David Ewers sent an email to parents Wednesday afternoon saying Morris had been removed from the classroom.

  • “District administration recently learned of a legal matter involving your student’s teacher, Mr. Alex Morris,” Principal David Ewers wrote in the email to parents. “When we learned of this situation, the Human Resources Department took immediate steps to remove Mr. Morris from the classroom.”
  • The agenda for the specially called board of education meeting Wednesday included only one action item: a resolution “for notice of intent to terminate” Morris.
  • The board convened at 6 p.m. and recessed to executive session for 16 minutes before returning to cast their vote.
  • Shawnee Mission School District spokesman David Smith said the district was limited in its ability to comment on the matter, but confirmed that Morris had been employed with SMSD since November 2013.
  • “The investigation is being conducted by an outside law enforcement agency, and we are not privy to the details of their investigation,” Smith wrote. “As the safety of our students is our highest priority, we acted as quickly as we could to remove him from the classroom, based on the information we were given.”

Role as Shawnee Mission North coach

In addition to his position as a math teacher, Morris has also been deeply involved in SM North’s swim program for several years as a coach.

  • He’s been a prominent figure in the Kansas City swimming community outside high school swimming, as well. Morris’s LinkedIn profile indicates that he’s been a swim coach with the Kansas City Blazers organization and the City of Mission Swim Club.
  • Contacted Wednesday afternoon, a representative of the Kansas City Blazers said the organization had not been aware of Morris’s arrest and had no comment at the time.
  • A call to the City of Mission’s Parks and Recreation Department has not been returned at this point.

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Jay Senter
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He earned his bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he worked as a reporter and editor at The Badger Herald.

He went on to receive a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, where he earned the Calder Pickett Award. While he was in graduate school, he also worked as a reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.