Charges dropped against Aurora Central HS employee

AURORA, Colo. – Sources told Channel 2 News late Monday that an employee at Aurora Central High School who was arrested Sunday night would have no charges filed against him.

He was being held on charges related to sexual assault of a student, the Aurora Police Department said.

The teacher was released from custody Monday night. Sources say that while police believed there was probable cause to make an arrest, as the investigation proceeded it was determined the case will not proceed.

“Based upon new and conflicting statements by a witness, the police department has determined that a criminal case can not go forward at this time,” a statement from Aurora Police said Monday night.

“The Aurora Police Department will continue to work closely with Aurora Public Schools and the District Attorney’s Office to pursue this matter to a proper conclusion.”

Aurora Public Schools released a statement and emphasized that the teacher will remain on leave from the school.

“Our top priority is to keep our students safe, and we are will continue our investigation into this matter,” a spokesman said. “The employee will remain on leave and will not be in contact with any of our students pending the results of our investigation.”

“Right now, our focus is on supporting our students, families and staff as they deal with this time of uncertainty.  We will have counselors available at school for anyone who would like assistance.”