Preschool didn't report prior allegation against teacher

11:13 PM, Aug 6, 2012   |    comments
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DENVER - A decade prior to Dave Moe's arrest on child porn charges, Paddington Station school leaders chose not to notify police or social services investigators that a family accused Moe of inappropriately touching a three-year-old girl.

The alleged incident only came to light because federal agents found Moe's own notes of a meeting with the student's parents. The writings were found July 24 when investigators searched the longtime teacher's home in Denver, finding at least 10,000 pornographic images, some of them depicting children, authorities say.

A Paddington spokesman intially declined to say whether the decade-old incident was referred to authorities but now the school acknowledges that it was not and that no record of the incident can be found.

In court documents filed Monday, Moe's defense attorney provides a similar account.

"It is important to note that no reports were made to law enforcement or social services by anyone and that the underlying factual allegations are disputed," attorney G. Paul McCormick told the court.

Those court filings reveal something else that had not been shared with Paddington parents, who have been highly critical of the school's handling of the current situation: Moe resigned from his job effective last Thursday.

Moe had spent 18 years at Paddington, dating to 1993, when the school was founded by Pippa Hambidge.

Hambidge did not attend the meeting held for parents last Friday where parents were informed that she was stepping away from her duties as head of the school. She remains on Paddington's three member board.

A woman who identified herself as the mother of the child involved in the alleged incident 10 years ago declined to comment to 9NEWS following the parent meeting Friday. Speaking at the meeting, she said she was "shocked" the school couldn't produce a record of the incident and warned that parents of children who had come in contact with Moe should be concerned.

Moe is due in federal court Tuesday morning where prosecutors will make the case that Moe is a danger to the community and should be denied bail.

Court filings by the defense indicate Moe is willing to wear an ankle monitor if released. His attorney also submitted character references, making a point to note that some came from fellow teachers, but the references were filed under a restriction blocking them from public view.

"It is likely that the authors of the letters will be contacted and potentially harassed by individuals as well as membersof the press and media," Moe's attorney wrote.

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