Schools employee quits after child-sex-sting arrest

John Pomaski



A longtime School District 51 employee, who was arrested last week in a child sex sting led by the FBI, tendered his resignation Wednesday.

John Patrick Pomaski, 48, of Grand Junction, said in his resignation letter he’ll leave his post effective Monday, District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee said.

Pomaski over the past three years was a grant writer and worked in dropout retrieval for the district, having no contact with students.

Prior to that, he was coordinator of the English Language Learners program in 2010-11 and worked in the English as a Second Language program, first at Wingate Elementary School and then at the district level for 19 years. He also taught at Bookcliff Middle School in 1992.

Pomaski on Monday was released from the Mesa County Jail after posting a $50,000 personal recognizance bond following advisement of charges including Internet exploitation of a child and Internet luring of a child.

An arrest warrant affidavit said Pomaski responded to an Internet advertisement for a 19-year-old woman last Friday evening and spent several hours talking and texting with an undercover officer posing as the woman. The officer identified herself as a 14-year-old girl who was staying at a local hotel.

Pomaski allegedly agreed to meet her after they’d negotiated sexual acts he wanted to perform.

He was arrested in a traffic stop on Orchard Mesa.

Pomaski’s case marks the fourth time in seven months that a District 51 employee has been investigated by local law enforcement on allegations of inappropriate contact with young girls.


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