A former middle school teacher who sexually assaulted or exploited five girls who were or had been his students was sentenced Friday to an indeterminate sentence of 40 years to life in prison.
Arapahoe County District Court Judge Jeffrey Holmes sentenced Brian Vasquez, 35, of Aurora after he pleaded guilty July 9 to five counts, one for each victim. The crimes were committed over a period of five years.
“This whole situation is one in which people have been hurt,” Holmes told Vasquez. “The victims … your family … the community as a whole has been rendered more fearful because of your actions.”
“Every morning, like many parents in our community, my wife and I drop our kids off at public school fully trusting that they will be safe from harm and in a welcoming, protective environment in which they can learn. We respect and trust our great public school teachers. We teach our children to do the same,” District Attorney George Brauchler said. “So, it is with mixed emotions of anger and fear when we discover someone in our community who holds such an important and trusted position who satisfies his sexual urges at the expense of our children’s innocence.
“We build prisons for such people, and it is to prison Vasquez has gone, perhaps for the rest of his life.”
Vasquez pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, pattern of abuse, a Class 3 felony; one count of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 3 felony; one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 4 felony; and one count of internet sexual exploitation of child, a Class 4 felony. The counts to which Vasquez pleaded guilty include the top count against each victim. Other counts were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
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