Douglas County, Colo. - In less than a week, two trusted members of the Douglas County community have been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a child. CALL7 Investigators have been looking into the background of both men and sources indicate the two cases may be linked.
The first man arrested was former Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy Robert French, who went by his middle name Mike. French was arrested last week and posted bond over the weekend.
Sources close to the criminal investigation said French worked in support services and had little contact with kids. French has since been fired from his job for violating department policy.
CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta went to French’s Castle Rock home Wednesday afternoon, but no one answered the door.
French has a profile on the website Outboard.org, a website aimed at bringing gay snow boarders and skiers together. In one section of his profile, he wrote that he wanted to meet, “Someone younger…in age or how they feel.”
He also wrote, “I like the energy of a younger person yet the maturity of someone my age. I'm not against someone my own age for dating or younger [sic], it's really a calendar age vs. 'real age' type of thing. So could be as comfortable dating a 21 year old as a 35 year old, it just depends on the person.”
Details into why French was arrested are being withheld from the public under a court-imposed gag order. But CALL7 Investigators have been told French’s arrest may be tied to an online meet-up site.
Documents in both cases have been sealed by a judge.
Teacher Timothy Martini was arrested Tuesday on three criminal counts: two felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Martini taught agriculture education and natural resource management and was a Future Farmers of America Advisor for Douglas County High School. The FFA website said Martini played a major role in the organization, including being an ambassador to the 2010 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) Program.
On Tuesday, Principal Anthony Kappas sent a letter to parents letting them know about Martini’s arrest. He wrote, “I can assure you that Douglas County High School and the Douglas County School District take this matter extremely seriously and we are cooperating fully with the sheriff’s office.”
According to the letter, Martini was placed on administrative leave and the district had no further comment on the criminal investigation.
Martini is being held at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on $50,000 bond.