A former Emporia High School instructor charged with several sex crimes against students waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon in Lyon County District Court.
Tyler J. Bosiljevac, 39, was arrested and booked into the Lyon County Detention Center in late May on eight counts said to have been committed against six teenage victims.
At that time, the charges included two counts of Attempted Unlawful Voluntary Sexual Relations with a child under the age of 16 (a Level 7-person felony), Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Child between the ages 14-16 (a Level 3-person felony), Sexual Battery on a child over the age of 16 with the intent to arouse or satisfy sexual desires (a class A misdemeanor), and three counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child between the ages of 14-16 (a Level 5-person felony) during which Bosiljevac was said to have engaged in lewd fondling or touching.
After Thursday’s pretrial — which was originally scheduled to last the balance of the day — was waived, Assistant County Attorney Laura Miser informed Judge W. Lee Fowler of updates to the state’s official complaint. Miser said three of Bosiljevac’s charges had been altered, with one being reclassified as a misdemeanor due to a clarification of the victim’s age at the time in the classroom. Bosiljevac’s other two charges had their degree of severity lowered from Level 3- to Level 5-person felonies due to the charges being filed as an attempt. Per the statute an attempt lowers the level of the crime by 2 levels, and the amended complaint corrects the statutory level of the crimes alleged at the time of filing the case.
In the state of Kansas, a Level 5-person felony can have a sentencing range of anywhere between 31-136 months in prison depending on an individual’s past criminal history.
Bosiljevac’s next appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 28 for a pre-trial and arraignment, during which time he can enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with clarifying information regarding amended charges and arraignment details.