A jury has acquitted a suburban Denver middle school teacher who was accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a student.
The Denver Post reports 46-year-old Christian Rocky Armstrong was found not guilty of five counts, including child sex assault.
A teen girl accused the history and geography teacher at Westlake Middle School in Broomfield of multiple assaults between August 2012 and May 2013. The girl was Armstrong's 8th grade student assistant at the time.
Armstrong was placed on paid leave after the allegations were made. Joe Ferdani, a spokesman for Adams 12 School District, says a hearing officer will decide Armstrong's employment future.
Defense attorney Christopher Decker says Armstrong and his family are taking some time to "recuperate and heal from what an allegation like this brings with it."
At the time of his arrest, Armstrong's attorney released a statement saying, in part, "He [Armstrong] is confident that the judicial system will ultimately resolve these very public and inflammatory charges in a fair and just manner."
"Thankfully, those who know Mr. Armstrong remain faithful of his respect for the law and outstanding character," the statement said.