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Cherry Creek High School coach arrested, accused of soliciting minor online

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-22 18:12:54-04

DENVER — A coach for the Cherry Creek High School girls’ softball team was arrested after accusations he solicited a minor online.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office took Paul (Pablo) Severtson, 37, into custody Wednesday morning after deputies executed a search warrant at his unincorporated Arapahoe County home, the sheriff's office said in a release. Several items were seized from his house and he was arrested.

At the time, he was a coach for the girl's softball team at Cherry Creek High School and the Colorado Styxx girls softball club, according to the sheriff's office. He coached at Heritage High School, Littleton High School, and Chaparral High School from November 2017 through August 2020.

Severtson allegedly passed himself off as a man in his early twenties on multiple social media accounts and was attempting to persuade a juvenile female in Virginia to send him nude images and videos of herself, according to the sheriff’s office. He used three accounts on the chat app Kik and used the names Tyson Richard with the username TYSONHELP,  Reggie Collins with a username of REGGIEBBC11, and Jordan Styme with the username JSTYME8080, the sheriff's office said.

The investigation started in March of this year after Virginia authorities reached out to Arapahoe County following the victim’s suicide. Investigators learned the victim was talking to Severtson online.

In an email to parents, Cherry Creek School District said his arrest was not connected to his employment and did not involve Cherry Creek students.

The district terminated his employment immediately after his arrest Wednesday morning, the email said.

Severtson was booked into the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office on a felony charge of criminal solicitation.

Authorities are concerned there may be additional victims of Severtson nationwide. They ask anyone who may have additional details to call them at 720-874-8477.