High school teacher charged with sexual assault on a child released on bond

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A former Westminster High School teacher who has been charged with sexual assault on a child was released on a personal recognizance bond Tuesday over the objections of the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Benjamin Forbes, 30, was formally charged with one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and one count of sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse, District Attorney Dave Young said Tuesday. Both counts are felonies.

The complaint alleges the sexual contact took place between Aug. 1 and Dec. 1.

A preliminary hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Adams County District Court. Forbes resigned from his job on Thursday.

Police said they were contacted by school officials about an incident that occurred between Forbes and a student on campus.

They said odd behavior was observed and reported between the two, and that resulted in the investigation and arrest.

Westminster Public Schools released a statement regarding the investigation.

Westminster High School math teacher, Ben Forbes is no longer employed by Westminster Public Schools. He resigned his position on Thursday, December 1 after the conclusion of an internal investigation, which was shared with the Westminster Police Department.

Mr. Forbes also served as head boys [sic] soccer coach and assistant coach to the boys’ basketball team and girls’ soccer team.

Mr. Forbes has been arrested on the charges of sexual assault on a child-position of trust and sexual assault on a child-pattern of abuse.

Respecting due process for all parties involved, we continue to follow district policy and procedures and are referring details about the investigation to the Westminster Police Department.

Please know that the safety of our children is always our highest priority and as a part of that responsibility, we strive to keep our families informed about events that impact our community.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Westminster Police Department at 303-658-4360.