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School District 51 confirmed Thursday a teacher at Grand Junction High School was removed from the classroom and placed on leave last week pending the outcome of an investigation.

“This is an active investigation and I cannot comment any further,” said Colleen Martin, District 51 human resources director.

Martin said the teacher went on paid administrative leave on Aug. 15.

Martin said she didn’t know the scope of the probe.

Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said she didn’t know if the Police Department had undertaken a criminal probe involving a Grand Junction High School teacher.

The case potentially represents the fifth District 51 teacher in nine months to fall under law enforcement scrutiny.

Former Fruita 8/9 teacher Randy Majors was sentenced June 19 to serve 10 years probation after pleading guilty on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, which relates to charges he solicited topless photos from girls he once taught.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office last December opted not to pursue charges against a male substitute teacher at Central High School following an investigation into sexually suggestive text messages he sent to a female student. The substitute was fired.

Pear Park Elementary School teacher Dane McCabe is free on bond following his May 22 arrest on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child and sexual assault with allegations involving a 16-year-old girl.

Fruita 8/9 teacher Jerry Baker was placed on leave April 29 and cited on suspicion of misdemeanor harassment for allegedly hitting a student.


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