Brush School administrator Bradley Bass arrested for sexual exploitation – Brush News-Tribune
A Brush School District secondary campus administrator is out on bail after being found guilty of sexually exploiting a child on Friday morning.
According to a press release from the Brush Police Department, a warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of Bradley Bass, 31, vice-principal of Brush High School, in connection with a child pornography investigation. After turning himself in, Bass was taken to the Morgan County Detention Center on four counts of felony child sexual abuse, the BPD statement said. He appeared before Judge Myka Landry, who set bail at $2,500.
The BPD announced on May 12 that it was investigating a district administrator who allegedly “illegally collected pornographic images of minors” while conducting an internal investigation into sexting among students. Bass was not named at that time as the subject of the investigation; the school district only announced that the individual had been placed on leave.
Friday’s publication from the BPD revealed new details about this investigation, including that several electronic devices were seized from Brush’s secondary campus during the execution of a search warrant on May 11.
“Inappropriate images of underage students have been located on at least one of these devices, which is a school-owned device issued to Bass,” the statement said.
According to the BPD, officers had attempted to work with school staff during the district’s investigation. (However, school personnel withheld relevant information from the police department, which impeded our investigation,” the statement said. “It was only after the school district completed its internal investigation that the officers received the information they had requested from the schools. At this time, officers learned that a school staff member had illegally collected inappropriate images of students during the investigation of the These images were then illegally uploaded and stored on the school district’s computer network.
“While the actions of school personnel may not have been for personal gratification, there is no justifiable reason for the school district to collect and store such images of its students. The Brush Police Department is working closely with computer forensics analysts to ensure that all files related to this investigation have not been shared further and to ensure that all images are permanently deleted and destroyed from Brush School District computer systems and any associated electronic devices.
Under Colorado law, the only exception to possession of “sexually exploitative material” is for “peace officers or court personnel in the performance of their official duties” or licensed therapists and providers possessing the material as part of a treatment or evaluation program.
The BPD said it contacted the victims identified during the investigation, but is still trying to identify others who may have been victims of the incident. Anyone with information that may be relevant to the case can email [email protected] or call 970-842-5074 to speak with an officer.
The police department reiterated its message from earlier this month to parents, urging them to communicate with their teens and tweens about the dangers of sexting and the potential harm it can cause. BPD provides free resources to help guide family discussions on the topic.
The BPD also highlighted its support for teachers as a whole: “As a police service and as a community, we are grateful beyond words for the countless hours and sacrificial dedication of our teachers who give of themselves daily to ensure that our children receive the best education. possible. Although this incident saddens us greatly, we as a department continue to support and trust our teachers. »