Details emerge in teacher sex assault case

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - The Fort Collins teacher and coach arrested Wednesday allegedly assaulted young boys in his care "almost daily" as they got ready for school, according to court records.

Dean Allen McCollum, 44, was arrested on charges of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and aggravated incest — all Class 3 felonies. He is a teacher at Bauder Elementary School and worked as a coach at Mountain Kids Gymanstics in Fort Collins, according to Fort Collins Police Services.

Poudre School District placed McCollum placed on administrative leave and replaced him with a long-term substitute at the school. The gym terminated him upon learning about the allegations.

Between 2001 and 2006, McCollum reportedly gave at least one of the children in his care back massages in the morning as they were getting ready for school. This happened almost every weekday, and the massages progressed to the point that he was undressing and fondling the children. He also allegedly stood outside the shower and watched and reached inside while the children showered, according to the records.

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