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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A man who worked in the Douglas County and Parker area for seven years has been arrested no counts of child sexual assault, and now police are seeking out additional victims.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said that 42-year-old Jason Lee Carey, who also goes by “Thor,” was taken into custody in September in Belton, Missouri, on sexual misconduct charges with minors.
Carey was working at a middle school as a substitute teacher at the time of the alleged crimes. He is accused of sending sexually explicit messages and pornographic pictures and videos to multiple female students through Snapchat.
An 8-year-old also accused him of touching her inappropriately in a swimming pool and of showing her pornographic videos of himself during a sleepover.
“The Belton Missouri police department called us and told us about the charges that Mr. Carey was facing and also explained the alleged grooming behavior that was occurring before these crimes,” Parker Police Department public information officer Josh Hans said.
Suspect has work history with children
Hans said investigators believe there could be potential victims in the Douglas County and Parker area where Carey worked between 2014 and 2021.
Carey is known to have worked at the following businesses:
- Pine Lane Elementary School from May 2015-September 2016 as a BASE program leader
- Town of Parker Recreation Center in 2016
- Children’s Learning Adventure of Colorado in 2018
- Mesa Middle School in November 2019
- Parker Kindercare between 2018 and 2021
The Colorado Department of Labor had no employment history for Carey before 2018.
“We are aware of these developments involving a former staff member who worked for DCSD in the past. As part of the DCSD hiring process, we conduct reference checks and candidates must successfully pass background investigations. Should a family or community member have information to share about this individual, they should immediately contact local law enforcement, as we work closely with our partners to investigate any concerns of this nature,” the Douglas County School District said in a statement.
According to the Parker Police Department, Carey would also dress up in a Thor costume and perform at birthday parties for children.
“He worked around children all the time and so there would have been a lot of opportunities where that grooming type of behavior may have occurred here,” Hans said.
Parents of children who may have interacted with Carey during his time in Parker are encouraged to have conversations about the allegations.
“Think back not only about his behavior and whether it was grooming your child. But also think about what your child’s behavior was at that time and maybe looking back you’ll notice something that wasn’t quite normal,” Hans said.
Anyone with information about crimes Carey possibly committed or if you believe yourself or your child may be a victim in this case, email the Parker Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office joint tip line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOX31’s Morgan Whitley contributed to this report.