Mesa Ridge teacher invited student over to “babysit”

Roger French FOX21 News file photo

New information is released about a high school teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with one of his students.

Roger French Jr, 31, was a special education and science teacher at Mesa Ridge High School in Widefield School District three.

He has been charged with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

French resigned last Thursday and then appeared in court on Friday.

According to his affidavit of probable cause, French met the victim when she was a student in his science class this past fall.

It states the relationship began in early November, and continued on through winter break.

During that time, the paperwork says French would invite the student over to babysit his roommates’ children, and the two would engage in “consensual sex” with the most recent encounter occurring on New Year’s Eve.

French says “I made judgment errors. One thing led to another and now I am sitting here. It is going to end like this anyway. I could see it happening right in front of me I kept pumping the brakes, I couldn’t stop. It’s like going off a cliff.”

He also says in the affidavit he is “sorry” and “ashamed.”

Detectives believe this is an isolated incident, but add they are continuing their investigation to ensure there are no additional victims.


FULL DOCUMENT: Click here to read the full affidavit.
 

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