Student sex assault cases going unreported by Cherry Creek School District

FOX31 (Denver): Three employees of the Cherry Creek School District were criminally indicted by a grand jury earlier this year for failing to report suspected sexual abuse of a middle school student.

Prosecutors say, in 2013, a 14-year-old girl came forward and told her principal, assistant principal, and counselor about a teacher who had been allegedly raping her.

Court records also indicate the trio of school leaders not only failed to call police as required by law but suspended the student-victim for lying and asked her to apologize — even hug her attacker as an act of “forgiveness.”

Police believe that now-former teacher, Brian Vasquez, continued to groom, harass, or sexually assault at least five additional students through the summer of 2017.

The alleged incidents prompted the FOX31 Problem Solvers to ask how often the Cherry Creek School District failed to tell police, social services, parents, and/or the Colorado Department of Education about incidents of sexual assault occurring on school grounds.

The answer turned out to be far more complicated, and perverse, than we anticipated.

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