Teacher faces more assault charges | AspenTimes.com

Teacher faces more assault charges

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Elizabeth High School teacher accused of having sex with one of the school’s 17-year-old football players during an away game in Glenwood Springs was accused of two additional crimes in court Thursday.

Darcie Esson, 33, had originally faced one charge, but now faces two counts of sexual assault on a child, 15 to 17 years old, by a person in a position of trust; and one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust with a pattern of sexual abuse.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson said he couldn’t discuss the facts of the case or reasons the additional charges were filed, but said they resulted from “further information” that was discovered last week.

A preliminary hearing set for Thursday afternoon was continued tentatively until June 19 on the assumption an upcoming trial will be postponed. Judge Denise Lynch granted the motion to continue the hearing based on the two additional charges. Beeson had objected to an Aug. 2 court date.

“It just seems that’s really, really far into the future,” he said.

Esson was also accused of trying to contact the alleged victim on his cell phone earlier this year after her arrest. An order to compel Verizon Wireless to produce records was included in the court file.

Esson stayed in Glenwood Springs over the weekend of Nov. 11, 2006, while in the area for a playoff game at Rifle High School. An arrest warrant affidavit says she had nothing to do with the playoff trip but merely wanted “to go along.”

According to the affidavit, the student eventually told authorities he had sexual intercourse with Esson on the floor in her America’s Best Value Inn motel room while a baby-sitter and her children, ages 4 and 8, slept on beds nearby.

Esson was arrested Dec. 18 in Parker and subsequently posted bond. She hired Pamela Robillard Mackey for legal counsel, a Denver attorney who represented Kobe Bryant in an assault case in Eagle County.

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