Thursday, July 21, 2011

Broomfield Teacher/Coach Sentenced for Sexual Assault on Students

Travis Masse
17th Judicial District Attorney Don Quick announced today that a former Broomfield High School teacher and wrestling coach was sentenced for sexual misconduct against two students.

On May 2, 2011, Travis Masse (DOB: 06/19/1981) was found guilty by a Broomfield County jury of Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust/Pattern of Abuse (F3), and Sexual Assault on a Child (F4).

In April, 2010 the Broomfield Police Department began an investigation of Masse after receiving information that the Broomfield High School teacher/coach had an inappropriate relationship with a student. Masse had sent the victim over 8,900 text messages from December 2008 to February 2009, many with sexual content. Masse had also engaged in a sexual relationship with the victim during that time period.
Broomfield District Court Judge Richard Ensor sentenced Masse 10 years to life with 20 years mandatory parole for sex assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and six years to sex assault on a child age 15-18, to run concurrent.

Four months after the original charges were filed against Masse, he attempted to resume inappropriate communication with another student. Masse pled guilty today in that case to Unlawful Sexual Contact Coercing a Child (F5). He was sentenced to two years in the Colorado Department of Corrections to be served concurrent to the original sentence.

DA Don Quick states “We completely support the judge’s sentence and the basis for that sentence – that Masse used his position as a teacher and coach to groom and prey upon vulnerable young students who looked up to him. This imbalance of power and his predatory strategy are the very reasons we have the laws we do to protect young people in these situations. I have tremendous respect for the bravery of these girls to come forward. Their courage most likely prevented other girls from becoming victims.”

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