Former Teacher In Court On Sexual Assault Charges

A Colorado Springs teacher accused of getting sexually involved with a 17-year-old student made his first appearance in court Monday.

Credit: CSPD

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A Colorado Springs teacher accused of getting sexually involved with a 17-year-old student made his first appearance in court Monday.

Travis Clark, 32, is charged with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. He heard the charge read in court Monday. The judge also set a date for a preliminary hearing in October.

Arrest documents have shed further light into the four-month investigation, which culminated in Clark's arrest.

The investigation began in March when Liberty High School administrators were alerted to a possible sexual encounter between him and a student.

Clark was suspended while the investigation was underway, and his contract was not renewed by District 20.

An arrest affidavit, written by a CSPD officer, says Clark and the student swapped 250 text messages over just five days. The document says he asked the girl to help him with basketball equipment in the gym.

During the course of the criminal investigation, the victim, witnesses and friends were all interviewed.

The victim told an investigator on one of the occasions where she helped Clark, he put sticky notes on her butt. The hand-written messages said things like “very nice.”

The arrest document also relays what the student told police about encounters with Clark in a storage area called the “cage.” She said he would grab her and pull her close to him, and she would have to push away.

The name of the friend who originally reported the alleged relationship has been redacted. The affidavit says she told an investigator the victim had spoken about exchanging oral sex with Clark.

Detectives checked the surveillance video from the gym and say they saw the girl walking out of the equipment room. The affidavit describes her as buttoning up her blouse and fixing her skirt as she left.

The friend also told the investigator the victim was currently grounded, but she was concerned the victim would go to Clark’s apartment after the punishment ended.

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