A high school teacher has bonded out of jail amid allegations that he had inappropriate contact with multiple students.
Lee Riddle of Widefield High School bonded out Thursday after being arrested earlier this week. He has been charged with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says on Nov. 15, they received a tip about a possible sex assault at the school involving Riddle.
The school resource officer and deputies conducted interviews and investigated over the next few days.
According to arrest papers, the teacher would hit boys between the legs, or give them what's called a "cup check."
11 News spoke with students after the arrest was announced Wednesday. Most said Riddle is well-liked, and his arrest caused shock and disbelief among students at Widefield High School.
"I was kind of shocked because Mr. Riddle is awesome,” said a student named Amanda. “When I found out about it I was like, 'Wait, are you sure we're talking about the same guy?'"
A Widefield graduate told 11 News Wednesday night he thinks the good-natured teacher may not be all he seems.
Although he's a teacher, students say Riddle could be more like a friend, keeping up even with those he didn't have in class.
"We maintained a good relationship that way," the graduate said. "Whenever he came into the hall we'd say hi."
The graduate spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said days before he got his diploma, Lee Riddle sent him a friend request on Facebook. Soon after that he says instant messages they exchanged were friendly at first, then much more personal. The student says once Riddle even asked about his sexual preference.
"He would ask me to come over and hang out and stuff, and so I felt that was a little uncomfortable having not really known him outside the teacher/student relationship thing," he said.
The teenager says Riddle ultimately backed off, blocking him from further chats on Facebook.
District representatives told 11 News Riddle has a solid track record, and had no issues arise during his background check when he was hired in 2009. He was placed on paid administrative leave when the accusations first surfaced on November 15.
The ages of the victims have not been released.
Riddle will be in court next week to hear his charges.
Anyone with information that could help with the continuing investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 390-5555.
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