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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