Update: USD232 social studies teacher remains in custody after arraignment

Hileman’s preliminary hearing is now set for Wednesday, Nov. 2

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By Aubrey Beashore

USD232 social studies teacher Keil Hileman explains the plan for presentations in his Archeology and Artifacts class at Mill Valley High School Oct. 16, 2021. Hileman was removed from the classroom Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.

USD232 social studies teacher Keil Hileman was arraigned today in Johnson County District Court. Mill Valley News first reported yesterday on Hileman’s arrest on six counts of felony unlawful sexual relations with students occurring between June 2017 and October 2022.

At the arraignment, Hileman was appointed a public defender and, at the time this story was published, did not post the $250,000 bond required for his release. He remained in custody Thursday evening. He faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Nov. 2.

According to court records, five counts happened with the same person, victim one, between June 2017 and July 2018. Count I, which happened between June 2017 and July 2018, alleged that Hileman engaged in “consensual lewd fondling or touching” of victim one, who was 16 years of age or older at the time of the encounter. In counts II and III, Hileman and victim one allegedly engaged in “consensual sexual intercourse.” Counts IV and V alleges Hileman’s engagement in “consensual sodomy” with victim one. 

Count VI, the most recent count against Hileman, occurred between September and October of this year and claims he engaged in “consensual lewd fondling or touching” with victim two, who was 16 years of age or older. Both victims were identified in court records by their initials only and were “students enrolled at the school where the offender was employed.”

Hileman was removed from the classroom Thursday, Oct. 6, and the district said he will not be returning, after serving 28 years at Monticello Trails Middle School. The counseling department is available for students who are struggling. Anyone with an experience to share regarding the investigation is encouraged to contact a Mill Valley counselor or principal Dr. Holder.

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