Former Douglas County teacher Richard Johnson is suspected in sexual assault

5:28 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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Richard Johnson, 31, also coached basketball at Rock Canyon High School. 

The investigation started in June 2012. Johnson left the school district in March 2012 after working there for six years. He is not currently employed by Douglas County.

Douglas County School District Superintendent Liz Fagen released the following statement in regards to the case against Johnson:

Student safety is our highest priority at Douglas County School District. We take the allegations made against former teacher and coach Rick Johnson extremely seriously and are cooperating fully with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Johnson separated from the Douglas County School District last spring for personal reasons unrelated to these allegations.

While the facts of this case are not yet available and we are unable to discuss personnel issues-I want to assure our students, parents and community that we are committed to doing everything possible to safeguard our students.

If anyone has information about the case, including students or staff, we encourage them to contact law enforcement.

Johnson is charged with 30 felony charges including sexual assault with a child by one in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child, sexual exploitation of a child and enticement of a child. There are 30 counts because there are multiple charges from the same incident and multiple incidents outside of just one.

Johnson turned himself in on Tuesday. He posted a $50,000 bond.

Detectives are asking for anyone that has information relative to this investigation to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Detective Dea Aragon 303-814-7131.

9NEWS could not find any previous criminal record for Johnson.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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