New information about Co. Springs teacher accused of sex with minor

POSTED: 04:08 PM MDT Apr 10, 2013 

Deputies suspect a man by the name of Carmen Centennial had a sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl.  Court documents, released today, provide new insight into the investigation.

Centennial is a teacher here Otero Elementary in Harrison School District Two. The girl he is accused of having a sexual relationship with is 15-years-old, and is not a student in that district.

According to the arrest affidavit, Centennial pushed the girl into the sexual relationship. It started in December of last year, and the girl ended things at the start of March. There is a lot of redacted information in the court documents, so, it is unclear exactly how Centennial and the victim knew each other.  What is clear is that the victim told a counselor at her school about the relationship.

A neighbor said he last saw Centennial on Saturday, and that he hopes the accusation isn't true.

“He was working his yard and I was working mine, but again, nothing. He seemed like a decent guy, and there was nothing unusual about him,” said Kevin Wrye.

Wrye also said he believes Centennial is married with two children, and that he had lived in the neighborhood for a few years.

Cenntenial is on paid administrative leave from D-2 pending the results of the investigation.