Anthony Ribaudo, 36, a former high school teacher and coach at Fountain-Fort Carson High School that admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old female student, has been charged with sexual assault on a child, 7News reports. Ribaudo faces one count of a pattern of sexual assault on a child by a person of trust and two counts counts of sexual assault on a child by a person of trust.
Ribaudo was arrested in June after high school officials became suspicious that he was having an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to The Denver Post. The felony sexual assault occurred in May when Ribaudo was still a coach for the high school’s varsity basketball team.
KRDO reported that Ribaudo admitted to police that his sexual relationship with the underage girl began when he started to have marital problems.
KKTV reports that the girl told investigators that she had sex with Ribaudo twice. The first occasion was on May 14 in the training room at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, during a basketball tournament on campus. The second time occurred when Ribaudo picked the girl up from her own home and took her to his brother’s house.
The 17-year-old girl’s mother discovered the relationship her daughter was having with Ribaudo when she discovered 1,500 text messages between the pair on her daughter’s phone, many of which were explicit and about the two having sex, according to the Gazette. Ribaudo claimed in court that he never forced the girl to have sex with him and the arrest affadavit confirmed that when the girl said their relationship was consensual and that “she knew what she was doing.”