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School official arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual assault on a child

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By AJ Vicens

Don Jenkins, Jeffco Public Schools’ chief information officer, was arrested March 19 for investigation of Internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child.

Jenkins was arrested by the Aurora Police Department after an undercover Internet sting operation.

“This is devastating news for us on so many levels,” said Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson. “Accusations like these violate our organizational values and our mission of protecting children.”

Stevenson said in a statement that Jenkins, 49, has been employed by the school district since 1999, and became the chief information officer in 2007. He is on administrative leave, she said.

“Because of the nature of his job as a central administrator, Jenkins did not interact with students as a part of his duties,” Stevenson said. “Because it is an active investigation, school district officials will not have any further comments at this time.”

Jenkins was arrested at 8 p.m. March 19 in Aurora while he was attempting to meet with what he thought would be a 14-year-old boy, according to Detective Shannon Lucy of the Aurora Police Department. Jenkins had been exchanging explicit e-mails with an undercover detective for several days prior to his arrest.

He was booked through the Aurora jail and released after posting a $50,000 bond.

Contact AJ Vicens at: aj@evergreenco.com.