Posted: Jul 9, 2012 5:09 PM by Matt Stafford
A former Liberty High School teacher and boys basketball coach is facing a sex assault charge; Colorado Springs Police say he had inappropriate sexual contact with a student.
32-year-old Travis Clark turned himself in on Saturday, after an arrest warrant was issued on Friday. However the investigation had been going on since March.
On March 1st a student told school administrators that Clark had been involved sexually with a student. Academy District 20 Public Information Officer Nanette Anderson says Clark was immediately suspended and placed on leave; since then the school has not renewed his contract and Clark is no longer a district employee. He was finishing his second year at Liberty when these allegations surfaced.
"We hope students feel safe in approaching an adult whenever there's something that they feel like an adult should know, or something that's happening to them that they feel like an adult could help them with, and that's what happened in this instance," says Anderson.
CSPD spokesperson Barbara Miller tells News 5 that the family of the victim was notified as they began their investigation. The reason it took a few months before an arrest was made was because of the time it takes to put a case like this together, especially when taking the time to protect the victim's identity as they have in this situation.
Anderson with D-20 says at the time of the allegations, or anytime since, they haven't notified other Liberty High School parents about the situation. Anderson said they wanted to let authorities complete their investigation and they aren't required to give any notification for situations like this.
Clark is free on bond. He faces a felony charge of sexual assault of a minor by one in a position of trust. Court documents say the victim is between 15 and 18 years old. News 5 tried to contact Clark but he couldn't be reached for comment.
Colorado Springs Police say they're concerned that there may be more victims; if you know anything, you can call police at (719)444-7000.