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GOLDEN, Colo. (KDVR) – A 25-year-old middle school teacher is facing multiple sex offenses, as well as a cruelty to animals charge in Jefferson County.

The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Monday that Justin Paul Manter of Lakewood faces five counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

Manter, a former teacher at Clear Creek Middle School, was taken into custody on Nov. 17. His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 14.

According to court documents, Manter was sharing child pornography on a smartphone social media app and online forums.

In a letter to Clear Creek parents, leaders said they have had no indications the accusations include any students in the district. Manter was a teacher at the middle school for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years but was put on administrative leave in March.