According to an arrest affidavit, Lundie corresponded with the student on Instagram and began exchanging illicit photos with her. The arrest report indicated Lundie admitted to police he also had a physical sexual encounter with the student and that the two had engaged in oral sex.
The victim’s family released a statement after Lundie’s sentencing saying they had asked the judge in the case to impose the maximum sentence for Lundie.
“Our daughter had her innocence and dignity torn away from her, little did we know sending her to her own high school would be the most dangerous place for her to be,” the statement said. “In an attempt to move forward, we asked the court, which represents our society, our values and our character, to give the maximum sentence possible for the 30-year-old man who preyed on our child, and then pled not guilty.”
Grandview High School did not send any notice to parents about the security guard’s arrest until August when Denver7 reported the story.
The district said it did not notify parents to protect the identity of the victim and also cited a belief that the assault was an isolated incident. But Denver7 Investigates uncovered a 2016 police report, naming Lundie as a suspect, written after a student told police there was talk that a security guard was having sex with senior students. Police were not able to confirm the allegations and closed that case, more than a year before Lundie’s eventual arrest.
Cherry Creek School District superintendent Harry Bull told Denver7 Investigates last month scrutiny over the Lundie case prompted him to develop a new policy to require parental notification when school employees are charged with crimes against students.
District Attorney George Brauchler said in a statement following the sentencing that Lundie victimized a young girl while in a position of trust.
“Whether a teacher, a guidance counselor or a janitor – we expect and trust those who work in our schools and have special access to our children to protect them when we send them to class, not prey upon them,” he said. “This guy took advantage of a girl not yet old enough to understand the implications of her actions. Instead of keeping her secure, he victimized her for his self-gratification.”