Thursday, December 8, 2016

Former Limon Teacher Arrested

By Will Bublitz

The Lincoln County community was shocked last week by the arrest of Cody Weber, a long-time local teacher and school administrator, who is accused of allegedly sexual assaulting two juvenile females.

Weber, 36, was arrested and booked into the Lincoln County Jail in Hugo last Wednesday, Nov. 30. He was later released after posting $100,000 bail.

Seven felonies charges, all involving sexual assault on a child by a person of trust, have been filed against Weber.

The sexual assaults allegedly took place while Weber was working as an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at the Limon Public School.  He had been employed by the Limon School District from August 2007 until June 30 of this year.

Weber left his teaching position with the Limon district to become the superintendent of the Karval School District. Since his arrest last week, he has been put on administrative leave by that district.
The Limon Leader/Eastern Colorado Plainsman requested the available court documents on the case. The 18th Judicial District provided the 26-page arrest warrant against Weber that was filed November 29. It was heavily redacted with the names of victims and others removed, as well as the specific locations where several of the alleged sexual contacts took place.

In the arrest warrant, Weber is accused of two crimes – sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust - pattern, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Two victims, both underage females, were allegedly involved. Weber is accused of committing the crimes with one of the victims between September 2009 through May 2011; the other from June 2013 until August 2015. All of the events allegedly took place while he was a teacher at the Limon Public School.

The initial investigation of the alleged crimes was conducted by the Limon Police Department on November 2, 2016. That department then requested the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to provide “primary investigative assistance” on November 3.

An investigator from the DA’s Office in Centennial soon arrived in the local area and conducted interviews with the two alleged victims. One of them said she babysat Weber’s children at his residence where she claimed some of the sexual contacts occurred. She also alleged one incident occurred “out of state.” The underage female also claimed Weber provided her with alcohol and cigarettes.

The second alleged victim claimed she had several sexual encounters with Weber at residences he owned in Limon and “on trips.” Also in the warrant, the underage girl alleged  she and Weber had “sex on his desk in his classroom” and apparently in another building on the school grounds. Additionally, she claimed Weber provided her with alcohol and cigarettes.

The DA’s investigator also interviewed Weber in his superintendent’s office at the Karval Public School on November 21. During that interview, Weber denied all of the allegations of sexual contact with the juveniles, saying “unless you can have sex through a hug, there is absolutely no possibility of that.”

Based upon the interviews and other findings of the investigation, the DA investigator stated he believed there was “probable cause” for an arrest warrant to be issued.

Officials at the Limon Public School were taken totally by surprise at the allegations against Weber. Superintendent Dave Marx said the administration never heard any report or accusations against Weber during his nine years as a teacher with the district.

The next court hearing in Weber’s case is slated for December 13.

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