Aspen student facing sex assault charges returns to school

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Aspen High School (FriasAspen.com)

Aspen High School (FriasAspen.com)

ASPEN, Colo. — An Aspen High School student who was possibly expelled from the school last year and is currently facing criminal allegations in addition to a civil lawsuit is back in school this fall to the dismay of some parents. 

The male student has been accused by a former female student of sexual misconduct. The girl, who graduated from the high school last year, claims the boy made unwanted sexual advances during a December 2011 ski-team trip to Summit County.

The girl’s family is suing the boy’s parents over the incident, and authorities in Pitkin County are considering the filling of “felony-type” criminal charges. According to the Aspen Times, it is unclear whether or not the boy was expelled from the high school last year, but Colorado Department of Education records show that one student at Aspen High School was expelled in 2011-12.

According to the newspaper, Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club Executive Director Mark Cole said the boy “is not currently eligible to be training with us.”

The names of the boy and the alleged victim were not released because both were minors at the time of the incident.

With the lawsuit and criminal case pending, Aspen School District Superintendent John Maloy says the boy still deserves an education. He can’t see why Aspen High School cannot give that to him, provided that the school has taken the appropriate steps to make sure that other students are safe.

“Being charged with a crime does not automatically remove the right to attend school nor our obligation to educate,” Maloy told the Times. “So what we must do is assess the level of threat and respond accordingly.”

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