The gallery that accompanies substitute teacher Matthew Lonie's Facebook page, which remains online at this writing, includes a handful of photos in which he's the only person in the frame.
However, the majority of shots, including his current profile photo, feature children — sometimes alone, often posing with him.
These happy images stand in contrast to the details of Lonie's arrest.
He's suspected of sexual assault on a child — reportedly a young relative.
However, arrest documents reveal that he was previously investigated for problematic interactions with one or more students.
The "About" section of Lonie's Facebook page lists him as an employee at a lawn-care business and a substitute teacher at Jefferson County Public Schools — something confirmed in a JCPS press release. It reads in part:
Matt Lonie worked as a substitute teacher in Jeffco from November 7, 2013 and then resigned from his position on May 25, 2014. He re-applied to Jeffco and was hired again in August of 2014. His last active working day in Jeffco was April 24, 2015.
Prior to each of Lonie's terms working at Jeffco our human relations team verified Lonie's fingerprints with CDE and checked his references. Lonie came into contact with his alleged victim outside of his role as a substitute teacher. There were no allegations made of inappropriate behavior with Jeffco students throughout the course of his employment in Jeffco Schools.
Lonie also subbed for Littleton Public Schools, which issued a statement from Superintendent Scott Murphy:
Dear Littleton Public School Families:
We want to make you aware that over the weekend, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matt Lonie, a former Hopkins Elementary teacher and former LPS substitute. He was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust.
Mr. Lonie was a paraprofessional at Hopkins beginning in 2005. He taught third grade and kindergarten at Hopkins from 2007 to 2013 and then served as a substitute for LPS until October 2014. He has not been employed in LPS since then.
This is all the information we have at this time. If you have additional information, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at 303-277-0211, as they are conducting the investigation. The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority.
Jeffco's decision to stress that no allegations of inappropriate behavior were made against Lonie in relation to his work for that school system is hardly surprising. An arrest affidavit accessed by 9News maintains that he was "previously accused of inappropriate conduct with other former students."
No criminal charges were filed in that instance, but CBS4 reports that he lost his job as a result of what happened.
His current accuser is a young relative who says Lonie sexually assaulted her on at least four occasions.
After he was arrested late on Sunday, May 31, Lonie is said to have admitted to episodes of inappropriate touching beginning in March of this year. He then attempted to injure himself, the report reveals. He was subsequently admitted to a mental-health facility.
Formal charges have yet to be filed against Lonie, but that's expected later this week.
Look below to see Lonie's booking photo, followed by a CBS4 item.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
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