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Smoky Hill High School English teacher accused of sexually assaulting former student

AURORA, Colo. -- The Cherry Creek School District is dealing with another teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student.

The Aurora Police Department said detectives have been asking questions about a well-known Smoky Hill High School teacher.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the district confirmed 74-year-old English teacher Perry Weissman is on paid administrative leave pending a personnel matter.

A police report states on Dec. 11, the principal at Smoky Hill met with detectives after receiving an email from a former student of Weissman's.

The former student claimed that when she attended school in the 1980s, Perry "sexually assaulted her," "gained her trust" and "became flirtatious and suggestive," which led to "fondling" and "sex assault."

The former student also claimed in the report that she mailed a letter to the district in 2005 telling it about the "inappropriate relationship" in hopes of "Perry getting terminated."

However, employment records show Smoky Hill not only kept Weissman in the classroom for the next 13 years, but, according to police, the 2005 sex assault complaint never made it into Weissman's personnel file.

Attempts to contact Weissman on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Sexual assault detectives wrote in their report that when they tried to interview Weissman about the alleged crimes, his attorney "stated his client had nothing to say."

Weissman cannot be criminally prosecuted even if police concluded they had enough evidence to move forward.

The former student's most recent claim falls past the statute of limitations.

Colorado law regarding potential sexual assault by a person in a position of trust has an end date of 20 years after the alleged incident.

Four cases involving sexual assault allegations in Cherry Creek schools

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