Douglas County High School teacher, softball coach faces child sexual exploitation, obscenity charges

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- An English teacher and coach of the Douglas County High School softball team is accused of child sexual exploitation and obscenity, according to court records.

Brian Stebbins, 41, was arrested June 2 on charges of sexual exploitation of a child -- induce or entice (class 3 felony) and promotion of obscenity to a minor (class 6 felony).

The records say the offense happened on Feb. 1, 2016. The nature of the alleged crime wasn't part of the court record.

Stebbins was released from jail on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 30.

Douglas County High School principal Tony Kappas sent a letter to members of the school's community.

"One of our teachers is currently involved in an ongoing law enforcement investigation. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), Brian Stebbins was recently arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and obscenity.

When these concerns were shared with me, I immediately reached out to our partners at the DCSO. As this is an ongoing investigation, I am unable to share further details surrounding the investigation, but I can reassure you that Mr. Stebbins is currently on leave, pending the outcome of this situation. This is difficult news to share and something I take very seriously."

Students said Stebbins was well-liked and well-known around the school.

"He was the softball coach and everyone liked him. And he was such a cool teacher. He was really chill and it was cool," said Shelby Gatherum.