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Former Colorado music teacher sentenced for sexually assaulting a child

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Former Colorado music teacher sentenced for sexually assaulting a child


EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – A former church music teacher who sexually assaulted a child was sentenced recently.

On Dec. 8, the 4th Judicial District Court accepted a plea from 69-year-old Robert Henry Gordon for Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust, Unlawful Sexual Contact, and Enticement of a Child. Gordon was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

According to arrest papers obtained by 11 News a 17-year-old victim, along with the 14-year-old whose parents first brought the case to law enforcement’s attention.

Gordon was arrested on April 13, three days after the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from those parents.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim’s mother first noticed something wasn’t right when she saw her son using a cell phone in his bedroom — despite never owning one.

“The parents of the child, a 14-year-old male, found inappropriate text messages between their child and the suspect,” part of a news release from EPSO reads. “The parents reported their findings to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. An El Paso County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy took the initial report and immediately forwarded the information to detectives. SVU detectives conducted further investigation. The child was interviewed by a certified forensic interviewer and evidence collected.”

The child told investigators Gordon gave him the phone, according to the arrest papers. The papers go on to say that the boy told law enforcement Gordon would use religion to justify their relationship.

The sheriff’s office said Gordon served as a music teacher at First United Pentecostal Church in Security and worked as a school bus driver in multiple districts, including Widefield School District 3.

“He has served as a school bus driver for a couple of different school districts in El Paso County in the past,” the release adds.

The arrest papers say Gordon’s criminal history includes similar charges dating back to the late 90s. He has pleaded guilty to some of these past charges and been acquitted on others.



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