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Colorado high school band coach faces allegations of sex crimes

A Colorado high school band coach has been accused of carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old. According to reports, the school resource officer for the El Paso County Sheriff's Department got a tip about the relationship back in February. The man was arrested after police conducted interviews and reviewed social media.

A spokeswoman for the school district where the man was teaching said that a background check when the 38-year-old was hired in the fall came back clear and that he was removed from his position as soon as police began investigating. According to reports, the man had contracted with school districts across the country, working as a choreographer and consultant for marching bands.

The exact nature of the relationship the man allegedly had with the 16-year-old and whether or not it was consensual was not clear. The 38-year-old man was arrested on April 11, and police have conducted a search of his home. He was charged with multiple counts of felony sexual exploitation of a child and obscenity and is currently being held in the Aurora City Jail on a bond of $50,000.

The charges and possible penalties for sexual conduct with a minor can be severe. When the accused is a teacher or other position of authority over young people, even while the investigation is still ongoing, the accused person can be removed from his or her job and face significant social and media stigma.

It is important to remember that even in the case of alleged sex crimes, the accused person is innocent until proven guilty. For those facing these types of charges, sound legal advice can help them navigate this difficult time.

Source:  The Gazette, "Colorado Springs high school band coach arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child" Debbie Kelley, Apr. 14, 2014

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