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Former Hays teacher arrested on rape charges


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

A former Hays middle school teacher was arrested Friday in Saline County, accuse of rape and sodomy involving a student younger than 14.

Brooke Dinkel, a counselor at Smoky Valley Middle School in Lindsborg, taught at Felten Middle School in Hays for six years before taking over at the Lindsborg school last fall.

Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said Monday his office was contacted Thursday by the Lindsborg police chief, who had been told by people in the Smoky Valley School District that Dinkel, 31, Salina, was suspected of having had sex with a Smoky Valley student who lives in Saline County.

Kochanowski said Dinkel turned herself in Friday and was booked into the Saline County jail on five counts of rape and five counts of criminal sodomy in which the suspect is older than 18 and the victim is younger than 14.

Kochanowski said the alleged incidents occurred from October 2012 through March in Saline County.