Douglas County HS teacher, softball coach arrested on child sexual exploitation, obscenity charges

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – A Douglas County High School teacher faces sexual exploitation of a child and obscenity charges after his arrest earlier this month.

Court records show Brian Stebbins, 41, was arrested June 2 on sexual exploitation of a child—inducement or enticement, and promotion of obscenity to a minor charges. The first is a class 3 felony and the latter is a class 6 felony.

The Douglas County High School website shows that Stebbins is an English teacher at the school who also teaches Advanced Placement classes. He is also a softball coach at the school, social media accounts confirmed.

The offense date listed in court records is Feb. 1, 2016. But police records in the case have been suppressed and are not currently publicly available, so the details of the alleged crime are unknown.

However, law enforcement sources told Denver7 Investigates the charges involve sexting with a minor student.

The school district sent notification to parents about the arrest Thursday afternoon. The notification came six days after Stebbins was arrested, three days after he was released on bond and about three hours after Denver7 Investigates called the district seeking comment. A district spokesperson said the school delayed notification to parents at the request of investigators. 

Stebbins made his first court appearance June 5, and has since posted a $25,000 personal recognizance bond.

He is next due in a Douglas County courthouse on July 7.


LETTER TO PARENTS

Dear Douglas County High School Community,

I hope you are enjoying some time with your family and friends this summer. I apologize for interrupting your break, but I have some important information to share regarding our school community.

One of our teachers is currently involved in an ongoing law enforcement investigation. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), Brian Stebbins was recently arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and obscenity.

When these concerns were shared with me, I immediately reached out to our partners at the DCSO. As this is an ongoing investigation, I am unable to share further details surrounding the investigation, but I can reassure you that Mr. Stebbins is currently on leave, pending the outcome of this situation. This is difficult news to share and something I take very seriously.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this message. I appreciate your time and I look forward to seeing everyone back at school in August.

Sincerely,

Tony Kappas

Principal

Douglas County High School

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