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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Former Harrisonville teacher charged with sexual contact with a high school student

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2020

A former Harrisonville High School teacher has been charged with several felony counts for sexual activity with a high school student in the summer of 2017, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Joseph F Dahman, dob: 6/22/1991, faces five counts of Sexual Contact with a Student.*

According to court records filed Tuesday, a school resource office received a report in August 2017 of inappropriate contact between a student, then 15, and Dahman, who was then a high school teacher. During that investigation, Dahman was put on administrative leave. A few days later a second student at Harrisonville High contacted a high school counselor and reported she had had sex with Dahman during the summer. The victim drew a diagram for police of the bedroom in Dahman’s family home where he initially touched her sexually. A short time later, after they went outside, they returned to the residence and had sex in the room. Harrisonville detectives, along with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, executed a warrant and searched the Dahman residence. 

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office was named as a special prosecutor. The prosecutor’s office recently received DNA results in the case.

Prosecutors requested a $50,000 bond.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile: (816) 674-3954

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded guilty.


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