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Affidavit details child sex abuse claims against former Centennial Christian school teacher

Authorities believe there may be more victims in Parker and Douglas County
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Posted at 1:34 PM, Mar 13, 2024

DENVER — An arrest warrant affidavit obtained Wednesday by Denver7 details an array of child sex abuse claims against a former Centennial Christian school teacher who says his actions "plagued him for years."

Christopher Ballard, 26, was arrested last week on nearly two dozen felony charges including sexual assault on a child, sexual exploitation of a child, unlawful sexual contact and obscenity.

His arrest follows an investigation by the Parker Police Department that began in early March after police were contacted by parents and founders of the Journey Academy, located at 7691 S. University Boulevard in Centennial, which bills itself as “a school for the 21st century” where students “discover their unique abilities with which they can impact the world for Christ.”

The arrest affidavit states that parents at the academy contacted police on a report of a sexual assault on a child the evening of March 2 after parents came forward accusing Ballard of inappropriately touching students, showing them pornography and making them run naked as punishment.

Ballard had been a teacher, or “guide,” at the academy since 2021 and was tasked with performing certain school-type activities for middle-aged children at least three times a week, the affidavit states.

One of the parents told police he “initially believed the boys could be making the information up,” but after talking to other students at the academy who confirmed those allegations, the parent called Ballard that night to confront him about the accusations.

During the phone conversation, Ballard confirmed he “engaged inappropriately with a couple of (students),” and told the parent and founder of the academy some of the things he did with them.

On several occasions, the affidavit states, Ballard admitted to showing boys under his care pornographic material. Ballard also admitted to sexually abusing students during several other incidents.

The suspect told the parent that “these things had been plaguing him for years” but never sought help “for the guilt and shame” and thought “he had dealt with the situation,” according to arresting documents.

The affidavit details several additional claims against Ballard, including alleged abuse using bribery and other forms of coercion. Some students alleged Ballard would tell them not to tell anyone about his actions, according to the affidavit.

Authorities believe there may be additional victims. Anyone who believes their child may have been victimized is asked to contact Parker Police Detective Bev Wilson at 303-805-6561 or bwilson@parkerco.gov. You can also contact Douglas County Sheriff's Office Detective Randy Allen at 303-784-7802 or rallen@dcsheriff.net.

Editor's note on March 14, 2023: This story has been edited to remove some details of the alleged abuse that may have been perceived as sensitive or harmful.

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