Quoted from Coloradoan Story: Loveland instructor ordered to have no contact with youths
Author: Maria Servold ♦ Loveland Connection
A Mountain View High School instructor arrested last week on suspicion of sexual assault on a child cannot have contact with anyone younger than 18 years old, a judge ruled Monday.
Courtney Bowles, a 31-year-old instructional coach at the Loveland high school, is being held at the Larimer County Detention Center on a co-signed $50,000 personal recognizance bond.
She is suspected of sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all felonies.
Magistrate Matthew Zehe ordered that Bowles have no contact with the alle-ged 16-year-old victim, his school, his family or anyone younger than the age of 18, including her own children.
"I know this will have a significant impact on Ms. Bowles' ability to see her own children," Zehe said.
The order could be adjusted at a later time to allow her to see her children, Zehe said
Zehe also ordered that Bowles remain 100 yards away from the teen, his home and Mountain View High School, where he is a student.
When asked during the hearing if she had anything to say, Bowles said she was sorry.
According to Bowles' arrest affidavit, she and the 16-year-old boy were naked in a car parked at North Lake Park in Loveland on Friday.
Loveland police officer Sharon Hopkins said in the affidavit that she found the car at 10:41 p.m. and Bowles and the teenager were inside, both naked. They admitted they were having sex.
The teenager initially told Hopkins he was 20 years old, but she determined his real age after inspecting his school ID card, according to the affidavit.
There also was a bottle of vodka in the car, but Bowles said the teen only had a sip, according to the affidavit.
Thompson School District spokesman Wes Fothergill said Bowles is on paid administrative leave until the district can make contact with her.
Bowles works with teachers to improve their ability to teach using new strategies, methods, etc., district officials have said.
The amount of contact instructional coaches have with students varies from coach to coach, Fothergill said.
Bowles was the second Thompson School District employee arrested in the past three months. Johnnie Bellington was arrested in mid-November and remains at the Larimer County Detention Center, facing several charges of sexual assault on a child. He is no longer employed by the district.
Bowles does not appear to have a criminal record in Colorado. Fothergill said she is the kind of person no one would ever suspect of committing sexual assault crimes.
"If you look at all she's done and her career and work outside the district, this is not someone you'd suspect it would be an issue with at all," he said.
The district has counselors available to all students and participates in the Safe 2 Tell program, which allows students to anonymously post tips or get help in similar situations.
"We don't even want them to feel like something might occur," Fothergill said. "That compromise of the relationship of a student to a teacher is really unacceptable."
Thompson School District notified parents of Bowles' arrest through its phone system, Fothergill said. Kruse Elementary School in Fort Collins, which is near where Bowles lives, also sent an alert to parents of its students.
"The initial investigation suggests this was an isolated incident with no indication of any other victims," the Loveland Police Department said in a release Saturday.
Bowles will be back in court Monday.
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Replying to Cuda416:
"Zehe ordered that Bowles have no contact .....anyone younger than the age of 18, including her own children".
Her own Children??? Your Honor! You're out of line here. Especially when we blow some sort of smoke saying something about "Presumed innocent until proven guilty" Your Honor. You're part of the system that sickens society when it comes to the system overstepping its boundaries.
So so true. Has she been charged with incest? NO! Has she been charged with abusing her own children? NO!
This is a society of laws where the legal system is out of control because there are no checks and balances on them that police the courts. Yes, she's probably guilty of the charges alleged, but none of those charges have anything to do with her children.
Murderers are allowed to have contact with their children. Crack dealers are allowed to have contact with their children. How is illicit sex with a minor worse than murder or dealing meth or crack?
1/25/2011 6:43:59 AM