Former Longmont Teacher Accused of “grooming” Student Sentenced to Jail-work Release

September 24, 2018

Kelly Burns, seen here making his first appearance in October 2017 at the Boulder County Jail, was sentenced to jail-work release for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He pleaded guilty in July to that charge in a plea deal.

A former Longmont teacher accused of “grooming” a student before entering into a sexual relationship with her was sentenced to jail-work release on Friday.

Kelly Burns, 50, will serve 90 days in jail-work release as well as seven years on probation in the sex offender intensive supervision program. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

Burns pleaded guilty at his arraignment in July to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony. The guilty plea was made in exchange for prosecutors dropping the initial charge of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, according to Catherine Olguin, spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.

Burns, who is married, worked at Silver Creek High School as a special education teacher when the victim in the case was a student from 2012 to 2015.

According to an arrest affidavit, a female student took a class with Burns in her sophomore year, from 2012 to 2013. During that time, the student said Burns began flirting with her and would sit her next to his desk and rub her leg during class.

The student told Longmont police that in her junior year Burns became “obsessed with her” and told her he wanted to have sex with her. She told police he would touch her inappropriately and drive her to and from school.

The student was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder, according to the affidavit, which required her to get extra help with schoolwork.

As a special needs teacher, Burns would often go to her house, then pay her mother — who police said also appeared to have a mental disability — to go to the movies, leaving them alone.

In her senior year, Burns began buying the student things like clothing and a TV.

She told police that she and Burns entered into a sexual relationship when she had turned 18 and graduated high school.

In the arrest affidavit, police wrote that Burns “demonstrated typical grooming behavior” while the student was underage and still in school.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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