Teacher Accused Of Sexual Assault Also A Former Soldier

By: Karen Morfitt
By: Karen Morfitt
A southern Colorado teacher accused of sexual assault on a child is also a former soldier.

Carmen Centennial

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A southern Colorado teacher accused of sexual assault on a child is also a former soldier.

KKTV 11 News learned that Carmen Centennial spent 20 years in the Army and deployed twice to Iraq. He was last stationed here at Fort Carson and ended his military career with a number of awards for his service.

Centennial was arrested Tuesday for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. That girl told her school counselor she had sex with Centennial several times, starting last December.

After leaving the military in June of last year, Centennial went to work as a teacher at Otero Elementary in District 2. One parent said as shocking as the news was, she was happy with the schools response.

"It's scary when you have a little girl that goes here," the mother said, "but it's better when the principal can contact you and answer any questions and everything. "

Parents we spoke to say they learned about the arrest from school officials who called and left them a message Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators do not believe there are any other victims.

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