Dane McCabe makes first court appearance and bonds out of jail

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Former Pear Park Elementary School teacher Dane McCabe turned himself in to the Mesa County Jail yesterday after a five month long investigation into an inappropriate relationship with a 16 year old girl.

On Friday, McCabe, who has been employed by District 51 since 1995, had his first appearance in court and the victim's mother addressed Judge Craig Henderson about the conditions of his bond.

It's common practice in cases like this for a restraining order to be issued to avoid any contact between suspect and the victim. The victim's mother, who's name we have chosen not to release to protect the identity of her daughter, asked Judge Henderson if he would not put a restraining order on 42 year old Dane McCabe if he bonds out of jail.

According to the inmate inquiry system McCabe bonded out of jail. The judge set a $10,000 cash bond, in addition to a $100,000 recognizance bond.

The victim's mother told the judge her reasons for not wanting the restraining order involved her daughter's ability to participate in school activities. The judge agreed to the request, but McCabe is still required to stay away from the victim and any one under 18.

McCabe was put on administrative leave by District 51 in January and now works out of state for two weeks a month. Judge Henderson didn't see an issue with him leaving Colorado given his clear criminal record before this situation.

McCabe faces one felony count of sexual exploitation of a child and six misdemeanor counts of sexual assault on a victim 15 to 17 years old by someone 10 years older.

He will be back in court on at the end of May for a formal filing of charges.

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