UPDATE: Teacher/Coach In Court For Allegedly Having Sex With Student

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

Twice: that’s how many times a Southern Colorado student allegedly had sex with a Fountain-Fort Carson coach and teacher.

Now, Anthony Ribaudo Junior will be in court Wednesday. 11 News will be in the courtroom to provide all the latest developments in this case.

According to affidavits obtained by 11 News, Ribaudo was arrested Tuesday and charged with Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust.

Fountain police say Ribaudo had sexual contact with a female student in May of 2011. The 36-year-old was booked into the county jail. He was released after paying a $10,000 bond.

The affidavit details how the 17-year-old’s mother found sexual text messages on her daughter’s phone. After confronting the teen, she admitted the text messages were from Ribaudo. She also admitted to having sex with him twice.

The young girl told investigators that she first had sex with Ribaudo on May 14, in the training room at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, during a basketball tournament. The second time, Ribaudo reportedly picked her up from her home and took her to his brother’s house.

A search warrant was obtained for the teenager’s cell phone. There were over 1,500 text messages on the phone, with “many of them from Anthony.” Court papers say both the teacher and girl spoke about having sex with each other.

In the affidavit, investigators say that Ribaudo admitted to having sex with the student. He said that his sexual relationship with the teen just “unfolded” after a long friendship. Ribaudo told investigators he believed the second time he had sex with her was after she graduated from high school. Investigators say Anthony believed he had “opened” himself “up” to having sex with the girl because he as having relationship problems with his wife.

More details in the court papers shows that Ribaudo said that he never forced her to have sex with him, that “she said she knew what she was doing.”

Students and parents are reacting to news of Ribaudo's arrest. Parent Amanda Davis tells 11 News she met with Ribaudo at the end of the school year. "He seemed nice," said Davis.

David and her 15-year-old daughter were shocked to hear about the allegations surrounding the former coach and administrator.

"I was in a lot of shock," said Destiny David, a sophomore at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. "I thought he was pretty cool, and I thought he was someone I could go to if I had any troubles."

Ribaudo resigned from Fountain-Fort Carson High School Monday. He was the Dean of Students, the boys head basketball coach and assistant football coach. Ribaudo is considered one of the accomplished young coaches in southern Colorado. He helped the Trojans win the 2009-10 5A Metro League title.

The Ribaudo family is known for being very active in southern Colorado Athletics. His brother also coaches at Fountain-Fort Carson High School.

Cops say if anyone that has information about this investigation or any other investigation to call detectives at 382-8555. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime-Stoppers at 634-STOP.


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  • by Jon Location: Lacey Wa on Apr 6, 2012 at 05:21 PM
    Like father like son. His father did the same thing several times where he coached at Rye High School in Southern Colorado.
  • by Disgusted Location: Fountain on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    Any updates in the case? According to the articles he should have faced a jury on March 5, 2012.... Any word on what happened?
  • by sandra Location: colorado springs on Sep 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    Its a shame. even if there are two sides to the story he admited to doing it plain and simple. Its ethically wrong period. I dealt with him on many occasions and yes it is a shock. But he punished students for doing wrong at school then to be doing something like this. Wow this is wrong on so many levels.
  • by Disgusted Location: Washington, D.C. on Aug 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Surprise, suprise! Another pervert sex offender coming out of Fountain. Who cares who he is, he should have known better!! Throw the book at him!!
  • by FRANKIE Location: PUEBLO on Aug 17, 2011 at 09:47 PM
    I KNOW THIS MAN HE IS A GREAT TEACHER AND COACH, THERE IS ALWAYS 2 SIDES OF THE STORY DO NOT BURY HIM YET, BIG DIFF, ACUSED AND CONVICTED, WE ARE LUCKY TO KNOW TRHIS FAMILY NO ONE IS PERFECT LOOK AROUND YOU CAN FIND FAULT IN EVERYOMES LIFE HE IS NOT PERFECT, NO ONE IS LET THIS PLAY OUT HE WILL BE OK
  • by Shelly Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 18, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    Vincent has way to many comments in favor of the accused and his brother. Maybe the police should investigate him.
  • by McGowdog Location: Pueblo on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    Curious... patience...
  • by Curious Location: Fountain CO on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    Has there been any update? I haven't seen another word about this since the day the news broke. Why is that?
  • by mcgowdog Location: Pueblo on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    Truth: The girl opened herself up to this? What? Figuratively? Morally? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you mean morally. That being the case, you are right. The girl should not have fornicated and committed audultry with a married man. Putting that aside, she did nothing legally wrong and you cannot prosecute morality. Had she been running for public office, this might have been a problem. But she's not. She's 17. She has no burden and she gets a pass. She gets to round pass Go and she gets to collect 200 dollars. He, on the other hand, does not get to pass Go, does not get to collect 200 dollars and needs a Get Out of Jail Free card. He did break the law... allegedly... and will pick up the tab. Does anybody here capiche?
  • by Truth on Jun 30, 2011 at 02:01 AM
    The girl opened herself up to this.
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