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Police detail evidence against former Aurora middle school teacher accused of numerous sex crimes

CENTENNIAL | A former Prairie Middle School teacher accused of a years-long string of sexual assaults on students as young as 14 confessed to investigators, according to court testimony Friday.

 Aurora police said that when then went to the Aurora middle school to question Brian Vasquez, they were initially only investigating accusations from one girl who said she had exchanged inappropriate text messages with the teacher, Detective Patrick McGinty testified Friday during Vasquez’s preliminary hearing.

But Vasquez immediately offered the names of four other students, and said his relationship with the girls went beyond just texting and included sexual contact, McGinty said.

Detectives subsequently interviewed the other girls over several days in August and largely confirmed much of Vasquez’s story, McGinty said.

In all, Vasquez faces 37 counts related to sexual contact and sexual communications between him and the girls. At the end of Friday’s hearing, Arapahoe County Court Judge Eric White ruled there was ample evidence for Vasquez to stand trial on every charge. Vasquez, who has been in jail since his arrest in August, is due in court again in February for arraignment, where he would enter a plea to charges and a possible trial date could been set.

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