Christian school founder in Shawnee faces more child sex crime charges, totaling 9

Shame On You, Sex Offenders and Others In Positions Of Trust, Sex Crimes Committed In Schools

October 31, 2018

The Kansas City Star


Johnson County prosecutors have filed more charges against the founder of a Christian school in Shawnee who was arrested in August for alleged child sex crimes.

Dennis R. Creason, a founder and operator of the Oaklawn Christian School, was initially charged in August with three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

After those charges were filed, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe held a press conference and said authorities suspected there were other victims. Howe urged parents to come forward.

On Tuesday, Sara Walton, a prosecutor in Howe’s office, filed six more aggravated indecent liberties counts against Creason. Creason, 49, has been jailed on a bond of $1 million since the original charges were filed.

All nine of the alleged victims were younger than 14, according to court documents filed in Johnson County District Court. The charges involve “lewd fondling or touching” and allegedly occurred from 2009 to earlier this year.  A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for February.

The parents of two of the children have also filed a civil lawsuit against Creason and the school. The suit, also filed in Johnson County District Court, alleges that on “numerous” occasions Creason took the children to the basement of the school.  There, he had them sit on his lap, and despite their protests he committed “sexual misconduct,” according to the lawsuit.