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$200,000 bond set for teacher arrested for sexual assault

$200,000 bond set for teacher arrested..

DENVER, Colo. - A $200,000 bond has been set for the Aurora teacher accused of sexually assaulting multiple victims. 

Brian Vasquez, 34, had an advisement hearing on Wednesday morning.

Prosecutors said at the hearing that Vasquez has made statements about five victims that took place over the past four or five years. 

He also exchanged photos of himself and the students through Facebook.

Vasquez has been a social studies school teacher at Prairie Middle School for the past seven years. 

He also previously student-taught in Widefield School District from August 2006 to December 2006 and was a substitute teacher in the spring of 2007. He was hired at Mesa Ridge High School as a social studies teacher from October 2007 to June 2009. 

READ MORE: Middle school teacher arrested for sexual assault also taught in El Paso Co.

He was placed on administrative leave from Cherry Creek School following the recent news, according to KDVR. 

Vasquez has been charged with three counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and five counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

He will be required to wear an ankle monitor if he is able to post bond. Vasquez will also not be allowed to use electronic devices or have internet access. 

A protection order has been issued for the witnesses and alleged victims. 

Vasquez has to be back in court on Monday. 

For more on this story, click on KDVR's website

Local parent reaction

"You do not know what a sexual predator looks like," said Kari Nurss, a mom and grandma of two young boys.

The thought of Brian Vasquez, once working at her son's school, is nothing short of a nightmare.

"From the shootings to the sexual predators I'm thinking about homeschooling," she said. 

Nurss isn't alone.

"You think you're sending your kids to a safe place and you find that out," said Jackie McCall. "You just don't know what's going on with your child and those teachers."

Other parents said there is two sides to every story.

"You just never know with these kids," said one local parent who wishes to remain anonymous. "They sometimes say things to get out of situations."

KRDO NewsChannel 13 reached out to Harrison District 2 and Widefield District 3 to get a comment, but both refused to be on camera. However, they did release the statements confirming Vasquez worked as a teacher in each district.  

"I'm sure they probably didn't know he was one when they hired him," said McCall.

Some parents still question if the hiring process is thorough enough.

"They need to do an extensive background check not just the last place they've worked but go back 5 or 10 years and see why they don't work at those places anymore," said Nurss.

Meanwhile parents like Nurss remain on high alert. 

"It could be your neighbor, the mailman, a teacher, it could be anyone," Nurss said.

Vasquez has not been convicted of sexual assault or any of these accusations. Aurora police made it clear it is still early in the investigation. 

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