Tushar Rae, Dean at Aurora West, arrested again Friday in Denver after posting bond

Posted at 12:35 PM, Apr 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-13 17:08:15-04

DENVER – The dean of instruction at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy arrested last week, accused of threatening school officials on campus with a gun, was arrested in Denver overnight.

Jail records show Tushar Rae, 30, was arrested overnight in Denver on felony menacing and false imprisonment charges. He appeared in Denver County Court in the new case at 10:13 p.m. Friday.

Denver7 reached out to Denver police for more information about this latest arrest, but a spokesperson could not provide detailed information, only saying it is separate from the ongoing case in Aurora.

This is Rae's third arrest since the incident on campus 11 days ago.

Rae's arrest in Denver comes after he posted $200,000 bond Wednesday following his first court appearance earlier that day. Prosecutors said they expected more charges to be filed when formal charges are announced. The return of filing of charges hearing for the case is set for April 15.

In court Wednesday, Rae’s defense attorney asked for his client’s $200,000 bond to be reduced, saying Rae could not afford the bond and arguing that he was not a flight risk because he is a property owner and has worked most of his adult life in the education sector.

An affidavit for Rae’s arrest revealed he had been in an argument with Aurora West Principal Taisiya “Taya” Tselolikhina on April 2 over testing at the school and “about not receiving acknowledgment and recognition he felt was owed.”

Rae texted Tselolikhina the next day around 2 p.m., telling her to meet in his office after he hadn’t shown up to school that day. While in the office, Rae allegedly pulled a handgun from his waistband and placed in on a desk.

“Try and f—k with me,” he allegedly told her, according to the affidavit. “You shouldn’t have said what you said. I don’t want to hurt you. I’m going to hurt all the people around you.”

He then said he was going to “shoot the kneecaps off of Jessica and Denise.” Jessica Rodriguez is an assistant principal at the school and Denise Huber is another dean of instruction.

He allegedly then asked Tselolikhina what she was going to do about it.

“I came prepared,” he allegedly told her, then patted his pocket and said “he had two extra rounds.” He also allegedly told her to walk away or he would “shoot the next person outside the door.”

After two students knocked on the door, Tselolikhina left Rae’s office and began to place the school on lockdown, the affidavit states.

Prosecutors said in court Wednesday that after the encounter between the two, Rae went to different parts of the school, took photos and texted them to the principal.

Aurora Public Schools spokesperson Corey Christiansen also on Wednesday said that Tselolikhina was on administrative leave as well.

“Because this is a personnel matter, we are unable to share additional information,” Christiansen said.

According to his arrest affidavit, Rae admitted to sending text messages that day “that he should not have sent,” but the document does not make clear what the content of those messages was.

Rae went to his home in Denver, where police were summoned and arrested Rae. They found a handgun and three magazines in his bedroom closet.

Rae was arrested at the time on suspicion of felony menacing and misdemeanor interference with staff, faculty, or students of an educational institution. He posted a $25,000 bond, after which the Aurora Police Department sent officers to the school and the homes of school staff to ensure their safety.

Rae was arrested again the next day, on April 4, and was being held on suspicion of possession of a weapon on school grounds and carrying a concealed weapon charges. The former count is a class 6 felony and the latter is a class 2 misdemeanor.

There have been questions from parents and students at the school about the timeline by which they were told of the incident. Rae is currently barred from school grounds pending the outcome of his criminal case.