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Feds say school spoke too soon in reassuring parents

10:37 PM, Jul 30, 2012   |    comments
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The feds have no such evidence, spokesman Jeff Dorschner said, because they are just beginning to comb through the 10,000 images on Dave Moe's computer along with more than 400 CDs found in his Denver home.

Moe is on administrative leave from his job at the exclusive Paddington Station preschool, where he's been a teacher for 18 years. He was arrested July 24 by federal agents working off information collected during an online sting.

Last Saturday, Paddington leaders sent an email to parents suggesting that Moe's alleged actions were believed to have been confined to his home.

"At this time we have no indication that any wrong-doing occurred on school grounds or with any Paddington students," the statement read in part. "At this time, {prosecutors} do not have reason to believe that he ever produced images. Obviously that is among our greatest concerns, and if any of that information changes, we will let you know."

"The statement that they are confident that there were no pictures taken is false," Dorschner said. "We just don't know if he had taken pictures at the school.

"Computer forensic analysts have a substantial amount of media to review. At this point it is very early in their investigation and we do not know what the content is on that media," Dorschner said.

Paddington responded to the prosecutors refutation Monday promising the school's commitment to "a complete, transparent, and through investigation."

"Throughout this challenging time we are making every effort to inform our community of the facts surrounding David Moe's arrest," the school's Monday statement read. "Our statement Saturday informed parents and alumni that at this time, there is no information indicating Mr. Moe's activities occurred on school property. If we are informed that this has changed we will notify our community immediately."

Moe appeared in federal court Monday. He will appear again on August 7 when prosecutors are expected to ask a judge to deny him bond, citing a danger to the community.

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Paddington parents, some of whom have been highly critical of the school's handling of the incident, have started a letter writing campaign to the judge.

The school continues to decline to discuss what happened ten years ago when Moe was accused of inappropriately touching a three-year-old female student in the bathroom. Prosecutors said nothing was proven but were unsure if the school ever reported the incident to authorities.

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