Archive for Thursday, February 15, 2007

BHS teacher arrested after alleged fight

February 15, 2007

Baldwin High School teacher David Theis was arrested at 8:15 a.m. last Thursday in the high school parking lot as a result of an alleged domestic battery incident in Lawrence earlier that morning, according to Lawrence police and a Douglas County Jail spokesman.

Theis, 37, who lives in Lawrence, is charged with domestic battery and criminal restraint, according to the jail spokesman, and made his first court appearance Friday. He was released on his own recognizance.

Sgt. Tarik Khatib of the Lawrence Police Department said the arrest was the result of an alleged altercation between Theis and his wife.

"The battery occurred here in Lawrence in the 3200 block of West 21st Street," said Khatib. "It was reported at 7:45 a.m. (last) Thursday. He and his wife had a fight."

Baldwin City police, including School Resource Officer Kim Judy, assisted with the arrest, according to Police Chief Mike McKenna.

"We detained him," said McKenna. "Lawrence police came down and arrested him. They took him back to Lawrence."

Theis is a science teacher at BHS and has been with the district for several years.

Supt. Paul Dorathy said he was limited in what he could say regarding the arrest, but assured patrons the situation is being looked into.

"First of all, it's a personnel issue," said Dorathy. "I can't comment too much. From our standpoint, it's definitely innocent until proven guilty. We have a specific process to follow in these instances and we will follow that to the letter as to not violate due process.

"But, I can assure you we are looking into it," he said.

Theis has not returned to BHS since the arrest.

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