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Former DougCo teacher arrested for child porn

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 16:14:58-04

A former math and music teacher faces a dozen charges, including several counts relating to child pornography, in two separate Douglas County cases.

Jeffrey Joseph Falk, 51, taught math at ThunderRidge High School for 19 years until he retired in July 2014, said Paul Hans, spokeswoman for the Douglas County School District.

In the first case, Falk has been charged with seven felonies and one misdemeanor:

  1. Sexual Exploitation/child-induce/entice (Felony)
  2. Sexual Exploitation/child-sell/publish (Felony)
  3. Burglary (2nd-degree) of Dwelling (Felony)
  4. Sex Exploit Child-video/20+ Items (Felony)
  5. Sex Exploit Child-video/20+ Items (Felony)
  6. Sex Exploit Child-video/20+ Items (Felony)
  7. Stalking-emotional Distress (Felony)
  8. Computer Crime-unauthorized Access (Misdemeanor)

"During the course of their investigation detectives located an additional victim," wrote Sgt. Lori Bronner, with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Falk was initially arrested on Sept. 21, but he was briefly released on bond, according to court records.

He was re-arrested Sunday on a second case and faces four other allegations, according to Michelle Yi, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. Those arrest-only charges are:

  1. Sexual Exploitation/child-induce/entice (Felony)
  2. Sex Exploit Child-video/20+ Items (Felony)
  3. Stalking-threat & Follow/contact/surveil (Felony)
  4. Computer Crime-unauthorized Access (Misdemeanor)

Yi said Falk is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning for the filing of formal charges in the latest case. Falk is also scheduled to return court to on Oct. 15 for a hearing related to his first case.

Falk remained in Douglas County Jail Tuesday with bond set at $500,000, according to the jail website.

Sources tell 7NEWS he was a teacher at ThunderRidge High School and Colorado records show Falk holds a valid teaching license — No. 41101 — with endorsements for music and mathematics.

On Monday night, ThunderRidge High School principal sent a letter to parents. You can read that letter below:

Dear ThunderRidge High School Families,

Student safety is our top priority here at ThunderRidge High School and the Douglas County School District. For that reason, I want to let you know about an investigation regarding one of our former teachers, Jeff Falk.

We have learned that Mr. Falk has been arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on charges including Sexual Exploitation of a Child, Stalking and Computer Crime. Mr. Falk was a math teacher at TRHS from July 1995 to July 2014.

I can assure you that ThunderRidge High School and Douglas County School District take this matter extremely seriously and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, the Sheriff's Office has asked that we not disclose further information on the case.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or questions. If you have further information about the investigation, contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or our School Resource Officer.

Chris Tabeling

Principal

ThunderRidge High School

Falk's arrest photo was not released on Monday to protect the ongoing investigation, Sgt. Bronner said.

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