Sex assault case against former teacher, youth pastor advances

John Holland Brothers Jr

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - After numerous delays, a sexual assault case against a former western Colorado middle school teacher will proceed.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that John Holland Brothers Jr. faces 16 felonies after being accused of sexually assaulting a boy ( ). Brothers Jr. has been in custody since he was arrested in Louisiana in April 2012

After a three-hour hearing Friday, Routt County Judge James Garrecht ruled that the case should proceed to district court, where felony cases are heard.

Brothers taught at Heritage Christian School west of Steamboat Springs between 2006 and 2008. He was teaching  junior high and high school science, high school math and Bible class. 

He was also a youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Yampa.

In addition to the Routt County case, Brothers faces two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in Kentucky.

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