Substitute Teacher Accused Of Sexual Contact With Student In Edgewater

EDGEWATER, Colo. (CBS4) – The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that a substitute teacher at an Edgewater elementary school has been arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact of a student at the school.

Vincente Vitela, 46, was working as a substitute teacher at Lumberg Elementary School on Feb. 15 and 16 when several students reported concerns to staff.

Sixth-grade students reported to school staff that Vitela was making them feel uncomfortable by touching them and smelling their hair, according to court records.

“One student said that Vitela had rubbed the front of his body against the back of her body while she was at the white board doing an assignment,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement. “Staff promptly asked Vitela to leave and terminated his substitute assignment.”

Investigators learned that Vitela is also currently self-employed as a tutor and offers services out of his home.

Vitela was arrested on Saturday at his home in Denver. He appeared in court Monday morning and his bond was set at $25,000.

Vitela’s will be advised of any charges on March 2.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact Edgewater Police Detective Shawna Naumann at (303) 235-0500.

  • Lindsay

    My son used to go to this school and he did not attend this year because vve moved out of state. I guess If the principal vvas more concerned about her back ground checks and really looking into these substitutes RATHER than childish gossip and vvhat child laughed or something ridiculous, this vvould NOT have happened! My heart and thoughts go to the victims and i vvish they vvould have NEVER lost Mr. garcia!!!!!!!! hope they get their act together and I knovv vvhen i move back my kids vvill NOT be attending this school!!!

  • Catherine

    Lindsay’s got it all wrong this is a great school with awesome teachers and the best principal they’ve ever had. This man has never been convicted for anything for your information Lindsay and the last thing this principal worries about is what child laughs, she worries about their education. This is the first time a group of students noticed the sickness of this man, what a smart group of kids, they actually told someone.

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