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Ex-Colorado high school teacher convicted of sex with student

Claims of sexual abuse made by students against teachers are taken extremely seriously and can affect the lives of everyone involved catastrophically. Especially in Colorado, the sentence for this crime can be very harsh.

This week, it was announced that a 29-year-old man who was once a teacher and wrestling coach at Broomfield High School in Broomfield, Colorado, was found guilty of one count of sexual assault by a person in a position of trust and one count of sexual assault on a child-pattern of abuse.

The jury spent almost a week deliberating before agreeing on the verdict. Now the man faces a life sentence in prison, and his fate will be decided in a sentencing hearing this summer, on July 21.

The man was accused of having sex with a female high school student and sending her 8,900 text messages that were sexual in nature from December 2008 to February 2009. Allegedly, the girl was 15-years-old when the relationship began and 17-years-old when it became physical.

The attorney for the man argued that the girl's reports of the two having sex were not credible because there were no witnesses, no evidence and she provided little details.

The defense attorney argued that the two never engaged in sexual relations, and even offered evidence of text messages that were sent between the two at the same time the act was said to have been taking place.

The former coach and teacher had a lot going for him when the investigation began in 2009. That year, his Broomfield High School wrestling team won the Colorado state championship and he was named "coach of the year." The man had been teaching psychology before he was fired, and his wife taught at the same school.

Source: 9 News, "Former teacher, wrestling coach guilty of having sex with student," Jeffery Wolf, 5/3/2011.

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