Teacher arrested for sexually assaulting student in early 2000s

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A middle school teacher was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a student in the early 2000s, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

A former student of Cache La Poudre Middle School, formerly known as Cache La Poudre Junior High, contacted law enforcement in January 2023 regarding two incidents involving 59-year-old Robert Denise.

Denise has worked at the school since 1995, according to the sheriff’s office. The school’s website shows that it teaches social studies.

The victim told investigators Denise sexually touched him on multiple occasions while he was a student at CLP in the early 2000s, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Following an investigation, Denise was arrested for sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He was taken to Larimer County Jail on Sunday and posted $1,000 cash bond.

Investigators are concerned that other victims may exist and encourage anyone with information to contact Investigator Ryan Gebhardt at 970-498-5586. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Larimer County Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.

“Sexual assault is a crime that affects people in all communities, and survivors and families bear the consequences for many years,” Larimer County Sheriff John Feyen said in a statement. “We are here to serve victims and we take all reports of sexual violence seriously. Our deputies, investigators and victim response team are dedicated to supporting individuals and families throughout the reporting, investigation and prosecution process.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, support resources are available from the following organizations:

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