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Dean McCollumArticle from the Coloradoan.

The Fort Collins teacher charged with child sex assault has entered an amended guilty plea and will be sentenced in May.

Dean McCollum, 44, a Bauder Elementary School teacher and former Mountain Kids Gymnastics coach, was accused of assaulting one or more young boys in his care “almost daily” between 2001 and 2006, according to court records.

McCollum pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class 4 felony, and misdemeanor sexual contact. For the felony charge, he faces two to six years in prison and between $2,000 and $500,000 in fines.

Two charges of sex assault on a child in a position of trust and one charge of aggravated incest were dismissed. Each were Class 3 felonies, punishable by up to 12 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.

Poudre School District placed McCollum on administrative leave and replaced him with a long-term substitute at the school following his arrest. The gym terminated him upon learning about the allegations.

Court records indicate McCollum has no prior criminal history in Colorado.

McCollum was arrested Oct. 6 and posted a $10,000 bond Oct. 13. He remains out on bond. He’s due in court for a sentencing with 8th Judicial District Judge Devin R. Odell on May 1.

Anyone who feels victimized by McCollum is encouraged to call Fort Collins Police Detective Tessa Jakobbson at 970-221-6575.

If you or someone you care about was sexually abused and you would like advice from an attorney about the rights and options for victims of child sexual abuse, please contact Crew Janci LLP today for a free, confidential consultation at 1-888-407-0224 or by using our private online form.  We will treat you with discretion and respect.

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Andria Seo

About Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York


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