Micah Moore, a student at the International House of Prayer University, told Grandview police last fall that he killed Bethany Deaton because Tyler Deaton told him to. He claimed that Tyler Deaton was the leader of an IHOP splinter group which involved members having clandestine sexual relationships, and they feared Bethany would tell people about the sect.
Moore recanted his confession. He's awaiting trial on the murder charge. Meanwhile, Tyler Deaton moved to Lancaster, Texas, to teach math at Lancaster High School. He passed a background check. But he didn't pass his students' Google searches.
After reading the stories about Deaton's time in Kansas City, the Lancaster Independent School District placed Deaton on leave. The district released this statement to parents of students: "We were recently made aware that there are concerns regarding a teacher at the high school. It was brought to our attention that there are allegations related the teacher's involvement in an incident related to his wife and other activities."
The district added that Deaton was hired in February, and it isn't done looking into his past. "We are in the process of obtaining additional information as we further investigate this matter," the statement said.
It shouldn't be surprising that Deaton passed an FBI background check and another one for Texas because he hasn't been charged with any crimes connected to his wife's death. But The Kansas City Star found one outraged parent who wondered why the school district didn't know about Deaton's story.
"It makes me wonder if Google needs to be part of the basic background check so the school can pick up on any information the background check missed," the mom said.