PD: Longmont teacher was 'grooming' student for sex

Posted at 5:38 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 19:38:46-04

LONGMONT, Colo. – Police in Longmont say a high school teacher was “grooming” a student before having a sexual relationship with her once she graduated, according to the Longmont Times-Call.

The paper reported Kelly Wayne Burns, 49, was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person of trust and pattern of sexual abuse.

Burns worked at Silver Creek High School in Longmont as a special education teacher from 2012 to 2015. It’s not clear if he is still employed by the district.

According to an affidavit obtained by the paper, Burns tutored the victim, who has mental problems, and “obsessively” flirted with the then-sophomore student throughout her time at the Longmont school. 

The affidavit also alleges that Burns would visit the victim at her home and pay the victim’s mother, who police say also appeared to have a mental disability, to go to the movies so the two could be alone.

Police say Burns "demonstrated typical grooming behavior" with the student before he engaged in a sexual relationship with the victim after she had graduated from high school and turned 18.

Burns is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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