Teacher at Wheeling Elementary School in Aurora faces indecent exposure charges

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Wheeling Elementary School, Aurora, Colo.

AURORA, Colo. — A veteran teacher at Wheeling Elementary School in Aurora has been arrested for indecent exposure.

Littleton police said Michael Warner was arrested as a result of an incident at the YMCA on Dry Creek Road.

Warner has been a teacher at Wheeling since 2001, according to a statement from Aurora Public Schools.

“Aurora Public Schools was shocked to learn of the charges brought against Michael Warner. We are deeply concerned by his arrest and want to emphasize that we do not tolerate inappropriate behavior by staff,” the statement said.

He is on administrative leave during the investigation.

The district is sending a letter home to parents about the charges against Warner. Most should receive it in the mail Saturday.

“Once we received permission from the 18th Judicial District, we notified parents of students at Wheeling Elementary. We sent a call home to parents and a letter is in the mail,” the statement said.

“When any employee is hired in Aurora Public Schools, we conduct a full background check, including a Colorado Bureau of Investigation review.  The background check for this employee did not indicate any prior inappropriate behavior with students or criminal activity.

“Aurora Public Schools is committed to providing every student with a safe and positive learning experience, every day,” the statement concluded.

Warner’s attorney, Douglas Cohen, released a statement Friday night:

“The allegations against my client are baseless and false. We will be seeking full exoneration and redress through the courts.

Mr. Warner is a family man and has been a highly respected teacher in the same Aurora school for many years. Before this allegation, he had never been accused or convicted of any type of sexual offense. As already indicated by Aurora Public Schools, and confirmed by my office, Mr. Warner has no prior arrests or criminal convictions on his Colorado Bureau of Investigations report.

Mr. Warner was a 15-year member of this same YMCA with no prior issues. The alleged eyewitness reportedly had been employed at the gym as a personal trainer for just a few months.

Preliminary defense inquiry has determined that on the day of the alleged incident nothing inappropriate was reported to police.

Contrary to reports published online, my client was arrested weeks after the alleged incident based on a delayed report by this so-called personal trainer. My client was not arrested at the YMCA.”

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