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Christine Holley, music teacher, busted for allegedly slapping, pushing kids

Big photos below.
Big photos below.

Christine Holley, age 61, tutors students interested in music, as she explains on a page found on the website Making Music Fun! But her message, and the smiling photo seen here that accompanies it, contrasts sharply with the mug shot she posed for after being arrested for allegedly slapping one student and pushing another at Hunters Glen Elementary in Thornton, where she works as a teacher.

Here's Holley's Making Music Fun! listing's "About Me" section....

I earned my Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. I have taught voice lessons to students of all ages from elementary students to professionals for 30 years. I taught voice lessons at the University of Texas, Southwestern University, the University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey College, and Pearl River Community College. I performed opera professionally for a number of years. I have a very healthy approach to singing lessons and have taught pop, opera, Broadway and more. I was Assistant Director and coached young professional opera singers at Opera in the Ozarks.

...and here's how she describes the services she offers:

I teach voice lessons in Thornton, Colorado which is a suburb of Denver Metro. Neaby communities are Brighton, Westminster, Broomfield, and Northglenn, Colorado. I will be very happy to discuss your individual needs, schedule and your goals in taking singing lessons. Please feel free to call me. I also offer a free meet and greet lesson. Please call me to discuss fees and scheduling and I will be happy to answer questions you have.

This portrait of Holley contrasts sharply with the one sketched by Officer Matt Barnes, spokesman for the Thornton Police Department, in describing her arrest.

"It's alleged that she slapped the hand of a fifth-grade male student," Barnes says. "It's also alleged that she pushed a fifth-grade female student, who subsequently fell to the ground."

Barnes believes both of these incidents took place in a Hunters Glen class on the same day -- presumably a bad one.

After Thornton officers received a report about the incidents, Barnes says Holley "was taken into custody and issued a state misdemeanor summons on two counts of misdemeanor child abuse" in which injuries didn't play a role.

Afterward, Holley was booked and processed, resulting in the following photo.

Christine Holley.
Christine Holley.

According to Barnes, the charges against Holley are categorized as class-three misdemeanors with potential penalties ranging from a $50 fine to six months in jail and/or a $750 fine.

The maximum punishment is highly unlikely in Holley's case. Barnes says she has no arrest record in Thornton, and, to his knowledge, none anywhere else, either. He adds that such reports "are very rare. I can't recall the last time we've been notified of a situation such as this involving a schoolteacher."

Not in Thornton, anyhow. But remember the story of the Lakewood daycare teacher accused of pulling a knife on a six year old?

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Suzanne Warmington, daycare teacher, busted for pulling knife on six year old."