Sexual Assault Arrest
The Special Victims Section - Crimes against Children Unit was notified by a School Resource Officer about a disclosure concerning a sexual offense involving a high school teacher. District 20 officials cooperated with law enforcement and assisted in the investigation.
Following an interview with the victim, a search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s residence. Forty year old, Bryan Paul Mertz was transported to CJC and charged with Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust, CRS 18-3-405.3 a class 3 felony.
Due to Mr. Mertz’s employment as a teacher, he had contact with minors on a regular basis and there is a concern there may be additional victims. A copy of the suspect’s photo will be released.
If anyone has additional information about any similar incidents, they are being asked to contact the police.
If anyone has information about this case please call (719) 444-7000; or you may call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. at (719) 634-STOP (7867); you do not have to give your name and could earn a cash reward.