Brush school administrator faces criminal charges

The Brush Police Department said the photos were taken during a sexting investigation.

BRUSH, Colo. — A Brush School District administrative staffer is facing criminal charges for storing inappropriate photos of underage students, the Brush Police Department (BPD) said.

According to a statement from the BPD, Bradley Bass, 31, surrendered on Friday morning for four counts of child sexual abuse. He posted $2,500 bond on Friday afternoon.

The Brush High School website shows that Bass is the vice principal of this school.

According to the release, BPD officers served a search warrant at Brush Secondary Campus and seized several electronic devices.

Inappropriate footage of underage students that had been collected by school staff during an internal investigation into a sexting incident was found on a school-owned device issued to Bass, the statement said.

BPD said Bass illegally collected inappropriate images of students during the school’s investigation and illegally uploaded them to the school district‘s computer network.

“Although the actions of school personnel may not have been for personal gratification,” the statement said, “there is no justifiable reason for the school district to collect and store such images of His students”.

The BPD said it contacted all victims identified as part of the investigation, but it is still trying to identify others who may have been victims.

Anyone with information that may help in their investigation should email [email protected] or call 970-842-5074 to speak with an officer.

In the statement, the BPD accused school staff of withholding relevant information from the police department until the district’s investigation was completed.

In a video message shared on YouTube, District Superintendent Dr. Bill Wilson called the BPD press release “unnecessarily inflammatory” and stressed that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

“We will continue to be what we have always been: cooperative, open and transparent with our police department and the investigation and with you as partners in raising our children,” Wilson said.

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