Gary Wegner, a Dunstan Middle School shop teacher accused of sexual assault on two students, made his first appearance in court this morning. He hasn't been formally charged, but he was advised of his rights, and a bond of $20,000 was set. Also available: Wegner's arrest warrant, which attempts to establish a pattern of him getting casually handsy with female students. Details and the entire document below.
The Gary Wegner affidavit in support of warrantless arrest doesn't tell stories of the teacher making explicit passes at underage girls. Instead, it documents a slew of alleged incidents in which he's said to have touched female students in a much-too-familiar way: pressing himself against them from behind and putting his hands on their hips to properly position them alongside a lathe, "drawing" on their thighs with his finger to explain something, grazing their behinds in a way that he might be able to claim was an accident, looking down their shirts.
Oh yeah: No one remembers Wegner touching male students in quite the same way.
Not everyone quizzed by the cops corroborate these tales, the affidavit notes. But officers eventually conclude that Wegner's actions sexually gratified him -- hence the arrest.
Wegner is next due in court on November 17. Here's the affidavit, followed by our previous coverage, including a large photo and police releases, on the next page:
Update, 7:53 a.m. Friday, November 12: More information is coming out about the sexual assault case against Gary Wegner, a veteran shop teacher at Dunstan Middle School.
Fox 31 is reporting that there are two alleged victims in the matter. Their ages? Thirteen and fourteen, respectively. Check out the station's piece below our original item about Wegner's arrest.
Also, be sure to read the comments below, in which some of Wegner's students share an assortment of very different observations...
Original item, 2:58 p.m. Thursday, November 11: Back in September, we noted that Greeley's David Rangel was the third area teacher accused of sexual assault in four months.
Now, Lakewood's Gary Wegner, a teacher at Dunstan Middle School, joins Rangel, Westminster's Travis Masse and Longmont's Alex Tinsley in a club whose membership continues to grow, whether anyone wants it to or not.
According to the Lakewood Police Department, Wegner is accused of "inappropriately touching several juvenile female students" -- with the LPD being brought into the case after one of the alleged victims got in touch with a school counselor. The department notes that Wegner also faces harassment charges stemming from other unspecified "inappropriate behavior."
Look below to see a full-size photo of Wegner and an LPD release:
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Lakewood Police Department release:
Middle School Shop Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault
November 11, 2010
Lakewood police detectives have arrested a 40-year-old shop teacher from Dunstan Middle School on two charges of "sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust." Additionally the teacher faces several charges of harassment stemming from what detectives believe to have been inappropriate behavior on the part of the teacher.
Gary Wegner (06-13-70) was arrested this afternoon after detectives completed their investigation and interviews into allegations that Wegner had inappropriately touched several juvenile female students. Wegner will be booked at the Jefferson County Jail and could make his first appearance tomorrow however his appearance may be delayed due to today being a court holiday.
Wegner had been placed on administrative leave by the Jefferson County School District in early October when detectives began their investigation. Wegner has been a teacher at Dunstan Middle School for approximately eight years. Additionally he coached boy's soccer at Green Mountain High School.
The investigation began after a school counselor at Dunstan was contacted by one of the victims who reported Wegner's behavior. Due to the nature of the charges and the juvenile status of the victims, no further details are available at this time.
Anyone who feels they may have information that would assist detectives in their investigation is asked to call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "David Rangel: $100,000 bond for teacher who says he didn't boink student but wanted to."