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High School Librarian Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Former Student While Her Husband Was In The Hospital
Sarah Jones allegedly sexually assaulted a former student at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs at least five times, according to court documents.
A Colorado school employee was jailed last week for sexually abusing a former 16-year-old high school student multiple times.
Sarah Jones, 45, turned herself into authorities after a warrant was issued for her arrest on Wednesday, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. She was charged with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.
In June, Colorado Springs investigators were tipped off to the alleged abuse allegations from an out-of-state law enforcement agency, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
The police agency allegedly found images on the teen’s mobile device that “implied nudity from his teacher that he was having sexual relations with,” per the case documents. Investigators later performed an “extraction” on his cell phone and turned over a thumb drive of its findings to the Colorado Springs Police Department.
During a forensic interview, the 16-year-old told law enforcement he met Jones at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs during his sophomore year. At the time, Jones worked as a library technology educator at the school.
The teenager, who told law enforcement he and Jones first “began to talk” in autumn 2021, disclosed that he was homeless and would “bounce from house to house.” He ultimately admitted to moving into Jones’ residence around Christmas that year.
In spring 2022, the minor victim accused Jones of kissing his neck after a night of drinking.
“They then went to his room… and Sarah then continued to kiss him,” the case’s affidavit alleged. “They did not go any further.”
The teen confessed that the pair later had “sex for the first time in Sarah’s bedroom” while her two children were inside the home. Her husband was hospitalized at the time of the alleged sexual assault, case documents stated. The 16-year-old estimated he and Jones had sex approximately five times. He claimed Jones, however, propositioned him for sex as many as 20 times.
In total, investigators uncovered 4,777 messages from the victim’s phone that were exchanged between Jones and the high school employee.
“I love you,” Jones said in one message sent in July, per the affidavit. “I will always be here when we have recovered from losing each other.”
The teen also explained Jones would send him “large amounts” of money through a banking app.
“I’m not strong enough to control my love,” Jones allegedly said in another message sent to the victim.
Under questioning, Jones allegedly admitted to kissing the minor victim when she was intoxicated but denied having sexual relations with the 16-year-old.
Jones also searched online for “signs [someone] is under a police investigation” and whether detectives could access her iCloud if she erased her Apple ID, per the affidavit.
Jones was placed on administrative leave following the incident, according to KKTV. School district officials described the allegations as “egregious.”
“We have learned of allegations of inappropriate behavior and criminal charges being brought against a Mitchell High School employee, Sarah Jones,” District 11 Superintendent Michael Gaal said. “Due to these allegations and an ongoing police investigation, Ms. Jones has been placed on administrative leave. District and Mitchell administrators are working with the Colorado Springs Police Department during this investigation.
Jones was booked into El Paso County Criminal Justice Center following her arrest, according to police.
Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line by calling 719-634-7687 or 1-800-222-8477.