FORT COLLINS - A former Loveland teacher and amateur photographer from Fort Collins is facing deportation in addition to charges of exploitation and attempted sexual assault on a child.
Gawain Jay Roberts, 35, faces two felony charges filed in connection with an incident involving a 16-year-old female student, police said. But Roberts, who is Welsh and in the country legally, could be ordered out of the United States if he's convicted, attorneys said in court Monday. Attorneys said they're working toward a plea deal that allows Roberts to remain in this country while also serving the interests of justice.
Roberts worked for Thompson School District for six years and resigned Oct. 24, 2012, according to district spokesman Wes Fothergill.
The investigation of Roberts began in mid-October when a Loveland police officer in the schools received a tip that a teacher was involved in criminal activity with a 16-year-old student. Administrators cooperated with detectives in the case and continue to work together to find other possible victims, according to a Loveland police news release. The specific details of the case have not yet been made public.
Fothergill said Roberts taught a small group of high school-aged students through the SOARS alternative-education program based at Ferguson High School. He said Roberts was hired in 2006 and passed the school's background check. A search of Roberts through Colorado court records shows no previous criminal history for him in the state.
Roberts has extensive photography work posted online, with numerous photos of children.
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