By Sam Jack
GODDARD – Eisenhower High School senior Dylan Vincent is one of three Kansas athletes accused of felony sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to a complaint filed in the juvenile department of the Sedgwick County District Court on Oct. 16, 2017, Vincent is charged with one count of possessing a sexually-explicit depiction of a child under 18, and with one count of “promoting” a performance including sexually-explicit conduct by a 15-year-old child.
Both crimes occurred on March 23, 2017, when Vincent was 17 years old, according to the complaint.
The charges were first reported in the Wichita Eagle on April 5.
Vincent is a former member of Eisenhower’s varsity basketball team. The other two accused athletes are Dalyn Johnson, a former football player at Maize, and Zach Harvey, a former basketball player for Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka.
Snap Inc., creator of the Snapchat mobile phone app, is listed as a state witness. Snapchat allows users to share photos with one another, and it offers a feature that makes pictures and messages unavailable shortly after the intended recipients view them.
On Nov. 15, 2017, a judge ordered Vincent to stay out of contact with his alleged victim, according to court records.
Despite the pending charges, Vincent played a full season of basketball for the Eisenhower Tigers, leading the team to the 5A State tournament and earning a spot on the Eagle’s All-Metro Team last month.
Goddard Public Schools spokesperson Dane Baxa said he did not know whether administrators and coaches at Eisenhower High School were aware of the charges against Vincent and declined to comment on Vincent’s situation specifically.
“In general, in the event of any kind of alleged activities outside of the school day, we don’t take student disciplinary action unless those events lead to some kind of conviction through the judicial system. Then that provides information that could later be acted on by the school,” Baxa said.
Administrators might also respond to criminal allegations if they disrupt the educational environment at school, Baxa added.
A pretrial hearing in Vincent’s case has been repeatedly scheduled and rescheduled over the last few months. It is currently scheduled for May 29.
A man who answered the phone at Vincent’s home last Friday declined to comment.
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