LAKEWOOD – A Dunstan Middle School teacher bonded out of Jefferson County Jail Friday, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and inappropriately touching female students in his classes.
Gary Charles Wegner, 41, was advised of his rights in a video appearance before a Jefferson County judge Friday afternoon and his bail was set at $20,000 and he was ordered to avoid contact with anyone younger than 18 after posting bond.
Wegner surrendered at the Lakewood Police Department Thursday after a month-long investigation by LPD detectives, who interviewed a number of Wegner’s students in the week before his arrest. Wegner, who also was a soccer coach at Green Mountain High School, has been on administrative leave from the Jefferson County School District since the investigation began.
An arrest affidavit indicates no sex acts occurred, but lists a number of incidents a in which Wegner allegedly improperly touched seven of his female students, who were 13- and 14-years-old. In two instances in which Wegner allegedly fondled students’ buttocks, felony charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern are being considered, according to the document.
In seven other alleged touching incidents, Wegner could face misdemeanor harassment charges stemming from “what detectives believe to have been inappropriate behavior on the part of the teacher,” according to LPD spokesman Steve Davis. The arrest affidavit indicates those charges also involve allegations of inappropriate touching.
Wegner is expected to be in court to hear the charges against him Nov. 17.
He has been a teacher at Dunstan Middle School for about eight years.
Police were contacted after a student told a Dunstan M.S. school counselor she was a victim and described Wegner’s alleged behavior.
“Due to the nature of the charges and the juvenile status of the victims, no further details are available at this time,” Davis said.
Police urge anyone who might have information that would assist investigators with the case detectives to call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.