East High School teacher accused of sexual assault on a child turns himself in to Boulder police

Incident not related to East High School; victim not his student
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Posted at 12:45 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 15:28:19-05

BOULDER, Colo. — An East High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a child has turned himself in, according to the Boulder Police Department.

Authorities said the alleged incident is not related to his place of employment, and the victim is not a student at East High School.

Diego Bonta, an engineering teacher at the Denver Public school, turned himself in to Boulder police in response to a warrant out for his arrest on charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, according to a letter sent to parents by the school’s principal Tuesday evening.

The incident occurred in a Boulder residence and was first reported to the Boulder County Housing and Human Services, and they alerted Boulder police, according to a department spokesperson.

Police records show Bonta turned himself in on Nov. 25 on the felony charge he’s accused of – his first and only charge in Colorado, according to a criminal history report. Police began investigating the allegation Nov. 21.

East High School Principal John Youngquist said counselors would be available at the school this week to help both parents and students, should they need to talk to someone.

Additionally, Youngquist said investigators have no reason to believe there are no more victims but asked parents to contact the Denver Police Department if they feel their child might have information on this case.

According to the letter sent to parents, 46-year-old Bonta has been working for Denver Public Schools since August 2016.