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Teacher accused of sexual assualt

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Eagle County Sheriff's OfficeJohn Allen
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EDWARDS ” A local high school teacher has been arrested for having an “an inappropriate sexual relationship” with a female student, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

John “Jamie” Allen, 27, of Edwards, was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a felony, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Allen taught theology and coached girls’ soccer and volleyball at Vail Christian High School in Edwards.



The student wanted to end her relationship with Allen, so she tried to send him an e-mail saying so, said Lt. Mike McWilliam of the Sheriff’s Office. A Florida man who had a similar e-mail address to Allen’s got the e-mail instead and reported it to police, McWilliam said.

Investigators interviewed the girl about the relationship Thursday night and got a warrant for Allen’s arrest Friday. Hermosa Beach Police arrested Allen at his father’s house in Hermosa Beach, Calif., Friday night, the Sheriff’s Office said.



Allen sent a letter of resignation to Vail Christian late Thursday night, according to an e-mail written by Vail Christian administrators to parents.

Monday, Vail Christian planned to have a team of pastors, counselors and a licensed therapist available to discuss the situation with students, according to the e-mail.

“Our highest concern is the continued care and the well-being of the students at Vail Christian,” the e-mail said.



The student, her parents and Vail Christian High School administrators were cooperative with authorities in closing the case, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators believe there was only one student involved, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Allen is being held on a $15,000 bond at the Los Angeles County Jail and will be arraigned later this week. Allen’s family plans to pay his bond so that he can appear in court Wednesday, McWilliam said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

Oct. 12

Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends,

Yesterday, we learned of allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a Vail Christian High School teacher and a student. We want to tell you what we know of this matter, and allay any concerns you may have.

Late last night we received a written resignation from Mr. Jamie Allen. Shortly after that, we learned of allegations that Mr. Allen was engaged in an inappropriate personal relationship with a female student. The allegations are limited to Mr. Allen and one student.

We are continuing to investigate these allegations and working with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department in their ongoing investigation as well. Colorado law requires public and private school officials and employees promptly to report any knowledge or suspicion that a child has been subject to abuse, including a sexual relationship with an adult; it has always been our policy promptly to report such information and to cooperate with the authorities, and as we noted the matter is being investigated and we are cooperating in that investigation.

Our highest concern is the continued care and the well being of the students at Vail Christian. Although the allegations are limited to one student, and appear to be an isolated incident, we encourage all students and parents to contact me and the Eagle County Sheriffs with any information you might know about this matter.

On Monday morning, we will inform the students of Mr. Allen’s resignation, and that he is alleged to have had a relationship with a female student. We will have spiritual and clinical counselors available to help the students. We will be at the school to address any questions raised by individual students. Of course, we am [sic] here and available for each of you, as well. We are writing you today because we know that you are in the best position to speak with your children about these issues, and answer their questions and concerns over the weekend and as this process continues.

As always, we are committed to providing your child the best education possible in a safe, nurturing environment. Parents have always helped us in providing a safe environment for our children. Please call Michael Mutter at 977-6263 or Michael King at 766-4115 if you have any questions about our efforts to address these difficult issues.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Sincerely,

Michael King

Principal

Michael Mutter

Board Chair

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Oct. 14

Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends,

The school administration and a conduct response team, consisting of area pastors and licensed therapists experienced in teen crisis, met this afternoon. A plan was developed to address any student and staff concerns regarding recent events surrounding Mr. Jamie Allen’s resignation.

We have consulted with a school psychologist who represents DenverPublic Schools, the Arch Diocese of Denver, and has served on the State of Colorado Crisis team. Based on her recommendations and the recommendations of the conduct response team a plan has been formulated for the days to come. This plan includes how teachers will address the

situation in their classes, how we will provide support for students and staff, and how we will provide a safe and secure environment for our school community. On the advice of the experts on the team, we will not be addressing the issues in a general assembly or class setting. Our goal is to provide the students with a normal, productive school day. A counseling team of pastors, counselors, and a licensed therapist will be available on campus during the school day Monday for any students, parents or staff members needing consultation. Counseling will continue to be available in the days and weeks to come if needed.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact either Mike King at 766-4115 or Mindy Larson at 766-4127.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Sincerely,

Michael King

Principal

Mindy Larson

Guidance Counselor


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