Former Westminster High School teacher gets 7 years for child sexual assault

(Photo: Westminster Police Department)

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A former Westminster High School teacher was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday as a result of sexual relationship he had with a 16-year-old female student at the school.

Benjamin Forbes, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree assault and one count of attempted sexual assault on a child. Both are class 5 felonies.

Forbes, a math teacher and soccer coach at the school, had the relationship with the girl between Aug. 1 and Dec. 1, 2016.

Senior deputy district attorney Amy Petri-Beard told Adams County District Judge Sharon Holbrook the case was a serious one because parents place trust in their teachers to take care of their children.

She said Forbes took advantage of one of his students.

Holbrook said once children begin attending school, they spend more time in the care of their teachers than in the care of their parents.

She said Forbes betrayed the trust that was placed in him.