Former Canon City coach, student teacher charged over sexual relationship with teen student

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. – A former part-time athletics coach and student teacher in the Canon City School District faces charges over an alleged sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.

Austin Randall Trahern, 24, faces one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says someone reported the alleged relationship between Trahern and the 15-year-old girl, and that Trahern turned himself in to deputies on Monday.

The sheriff’s office says he was still employed by the district while the relationship was taking place.

The Canon City Daily Record reports the incident happened last June but that charges weren’t filed until Feb. 3.

Citing the arrest affidavit, the Daily Record reports Trahern coached PE at Canon City Middle School and worked with the Canon City High School track and field team. The Daily Record reports that the incident wasn’t reported until nearly two months after it happened.

Trahern was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond Monday after his first court appearance.


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