Authorities in Pueblo say their investigation into claims that a former Catholic high school teacher allegedly molested students is over because the statute of limitations for criminal charges has expired.
At least three men have accused William Mueller -- a former band director at the now-closed Roncalli High School -- of sexual assault or misconduct more than three decade ago.
The district attorney's office decided crimes of this nature can be prosecuted within ten years of an alleged juvenile victim's 18th birthday. Police Sergeant Troy Davenport says the criminal investigation is closed unless more recent allegations are brought forward.
Three lawsuits have been brought by former Roncalli students against the Pueblo Catholic Diocese and the Marianists, a religious order of which Mueller was a member.
The lawsuit accuse the diocese of knowing about allegations against Mueller, but allowing him to teach anyway and failing to warn schools where he taught later.
Similar lawsuits have been filed in Missouri and Texas, where Mueller also taught.