Arapahoe teacher arrested on charge of sex assault of student

Drama teacher suspected of assaulting girl five years ago

Staff report
Posted 1/27/19

A teacher at Arapahoe High School in Centennial turned himself in at the Arapahoe County Jail on Jan. 25 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a student five years ago, according to a sheriff's office …

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Arapahoe teacher arrested on charge of sex assault of student

Drama teacher suspected of assaulting girl five years ago

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A teacher at Arapahoe High School in Centennial turned himself in at the Arapahoe County Jail on Jan. 25 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a student five years ago, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The receipt of a notification through Safe2Tell, an anonymous-tip system, led sheriff's investigators to develop cause to believe Ian Ahern, 41, committed the crime of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, the release said. The notification said a young woman was victimized while she was his student, according to the release.

A warrant was issued for Ahern's arrest after investigators filed the case with the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, it continued.

Ahern has been employed by Littleton Public Schools since 2010 as Arapahoe High's drama teacher, the release said.

“While an arrest has been made, the investigation is continuing and may include the potential of photo line-ups or other identification techniques,” the release said.

The sheriff's office did not release a booking photo to maintain the integrity of the investigation, according to the release.

Children or teenagers are far less likely to report being a victim often out of fear, intimidation or embarrassment, but they would likely show signs of an assault, such as a sudden change in behavior, nightmares, and excessive worrying or fearfulness, the release said.

“If you know a child who may have been sexually assaulted, especially under similar circumstances, and believe the incident may be related to this suspect, please contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office at 720-874-4020,” the release said.

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