LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- A Jefferson County elementary school teacher has been on administrative leave for more than two months after being arrested on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to a letter sent to parents.
A Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman confirmed the letter that said Sierra Elementary School physical education teacher Lucas Young was arrested by the Lafayette Police Department.
Young, 44, was placed on leave on Dec. 17. If a condition of his bond prohibits contact with children, he will be shifted to unpaid leave, the school district said.
In the letter, principal Troy Brickley said the school is helping law enforcement with the investigation and that no students at the school are involved.
Young was a substitute teacher in the district from 1995 to 2000 until being hired as a full-time teacher in 2000. He was also a cross country coach in 1998 and an assistant track coach in 1999.
Young is due in court on Thursday afternoon.
The letter sent by principal Troy Brickley that was sent to parents on Wednesday:
Dear Sierra Elementary families,
Unfortunately I have some alarming information to share with you tonight. We have learned that Mr. Lucas Young, Sierra’s PE teacher, has been arrested by Lafayette Police Department on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
We take student safety extremely seriously, therefore we took immediate action. Mr. Young has been on administrative leave since we were first notified of the situation on December 17, 2015. He was placed on leave and allowed no contact with students. Our school and district staff has cooperated fully with law enforcement since the beginning of the investigation and will continue to do so. Since this is an on-going investigation we cannot share any detailed information, however, as of now no Sierra students are involved. If you have information related to this case, please call Lafayette Police Department at 303-665-5571.
School safety, ethical behavior and a sense of community are strong values at Sierra Elementary and it saddens me that we have this type of situation to deal with. I will keep you informed if there are any other developments. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at 303-982----.
Troy Brickley, Principal