A Sedgwick County judge has sentenced a Wichita paraeducator to six years, five months in prison for having “unlawful sexual relationships” with two high school students.
Daniel Alonso-Hernandez, 34, of Wichita, was working at Wichita South High School when he was accused of committing the crimes. He pleaded guilty in September to unlawful sexual relations and aggravated indecent liberties with a child, a news release from the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office says. He was sentenced by District Judge Eric Williams on Tuesday.
According to arrest affidavits released by the court in his two criminal cases, Alonso-Hernandez approached and preyed on the girls using social media. In one case, he posed as a 22-year-old college student when he interacted over Snapchat with a 17-year-old high school girl who was a student at South High, the affidavit states. The girl told police she first met him in person in May 2020 “when he came by her work.”
In the subsequent months, the girl sneaked out of her house to meet him for sex and he wrote her love letters under a pseudonym that talked of missing her and how he watched videos he took of her “at least 7 times a day,” one of the affidavits says.
When she tried to end the relationship, Alonso-Hernandez “would use the videos as threats to keep her with him or break her up with a current boyfriend,” the affidavit says the girl told police.
His illegal sexual involvement with the second teen girl came to light after she saw his mugshot published with a news article about his arrest in the other case.
That girl told police she met Alonso-Hernandez on Snapchat in 2019 when she was 15, and he claimed to be a high school senior. She met him in person at least twice, and he raped her the last time when she thought they were meeting only to talk, the other affidavit says.
That girl told authorities she saw his mugshot when she was flipping through her nephew’s Snapchat story, recognized him as her attacker and reported it. DNA linked him to the assault, the affidavit says.
In Kansas, it’s illegal for educators to perform sex acts with their teenage students, regardless of age. It’s also illegal for adults to perform sex acts with anyone younger than 16.