Alleged child abuse at Redlands Middle has parents talking

Published: Mar. 10, 2017 at 9:20 PM MST
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District 51 parents are speaking out after an at-risk student at Redlands Middle School was allegedly assaulted by teacher in January.

Following this incident, the Sheriff's Office released the information Friday, and Redlands parents are on alert.

Many are frustrated because this isn't the first teacher accused of a criminal act on a child.

Kent Clinkingbeard, 57, is charged with third degree assault on at at-risk juvenile, child abuse, second degree criminal tampering, and harassment, according to the sheriff's office.

The teacher will be in court appearance in April, and that's making District 51 parents feel a little uneasy.

“That scares me to death to be honest with you,” said D-51 parent, Scott Lydell.

“When you have someone in a position that you leave your kids with, and expect them to take care of them and show the same care you would show your own kids, that's heart breaking,” said Chase Johnson, said a guardian of a student.

Parents said they will use this situation as a teaching moment, and planned to have a tough talk with their kids about abuse.

“We tell our kids, 'you listen to our teacher, you do with your teacher says. When I am not there your teacher is in charge.' Situations like this really bring it into question,” said Lydell.

According to District 51 Clinkingbeard has been put on paid administrative leave, until further notice.

The documents showed he was a teacher of students with moderate disabilities at Redlands Middle School, and previously at Fruita Monument High School. He was also an assistant basketball coach.

“I don't know what vetting process they have in place, but I think with teachers, or anyone watching kids, the district would do a pretty good background checks,” said Johnston.

“When found guilty they need to really throw the book at the guy, it’s just unacceptable,” Lydell said.

Third degree assault is a class 6 felony which is the least serious of felonies in Colorado.

If found guilty, Clinkingbeard could face one year to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Attempts to speak with Clinkingbeard were declined.