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Two ASD20 staff members accused of not reporting unlawful sexual contact

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Posted at 7:03 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 21:03:33-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Police Department said two Academy District 20 (ASD20) Discovery Canyon Campus Middle School staff members are facing a class 3 misdemeanor for failing to report an allegation of unlawful sexual contact.

47-year-old Mario Romero and 49-year-old Tanya Evans were served and released on Friday.

CSPD said they were investigating a report of alleged sexual contact on Aug. 26 at the campus when they learned of another alleged incident from March 3 that was not reported.

Not reporting an unlawful sexual contact is a violation of Colorado Mandatory Reporting Laws.

ASD20 released the following statement:

"Academy District 20 (ASD20) recently learned of allegations of a delay in reporting an incident involving harassment by a student targeting another student at Discovery Canyon Campus Middle School. All Colorado school districts have a responsibility to promptly report matters related to the safety and well-being of students and ASD20 acknowledges its responsibility.

We are obligated to report and be in compliance with C.R.S. 19-3-304. ASD20 is committed to ensuring that continued training efforts are in place to support our staff members and make mandatory reports to our local law enforcement partners and department of human services.

Please keep in mind, all citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The safety and security of our students and staff is always our highest priority.

The district will not make any further comments on this pending matter."