A former high school drama teacher was sentenced to 90 days in jail for attempted sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust.
Gabriel Alsina, 37, was sentenced last week to jail followed by five years of sex offender intensive supervised probation, according to an Arapahoe County District Attorney’s news release. Alsina must now register as a sex offender and surrender his teaching license.
Alsina pleaded guilty on June 8 to attempted sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a felony, according to the release. Other counts were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Alsina was the drama teacher at Vista Peak High School in Aurora when he met his victim, who was his student, according to the release. Prosecutors said Alsina assaulted the victim at school, in his car and in his home over a two-year period.
“Adults should never manipulate children and take advantage of them, but he took advantage of her for his own ego,” Deputy District Attorney Lisa Gramer said in the news release. “Parents send their kids to school thinking their children are going to be safe. The teacher should not be one of the things they are afraid of.”
The victim and her parents also spoke before Arapahoe County District Court Judge Shay Whitaker.
“I was sexually abused by a teacher who wheedled his way into my heart,” the victim said. “His hands were constantly touching me in ways no adult should be touching a child. A teacher meant to protect me was the one hurting me.
“I silenced myself for a predator … Now I want justice for the little girl he hurt.”
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