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A former Poudre School District and Thompson School District teacher was arrested last week for suspected crimes against children.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in October regarding a “CyberTip” received by the national agency, according to a news release.
During the sheriff’s office investigation into the tip, they obtained a search warrant for the home of Daniel Fleishman, 38, in the 1100 block of North Overland Trail, Fort Collins.
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Investigators seized several computers and cellphones. Using evidence found on those devices, they arrested Fleishman Friday on suspicion of the following charges:
- Sexual exploitation of a child: Production of child abusive material, a Class 3 felony
- Sexual exploitation of a child: Possession of more than 20 images of child abusive material, a Class 4 felony
- Sexual exploitation of a child: Possession of more than one video of child abusive material, a Class 4 felony
- Unlawful electronic sexual communications by a person in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony
- Sexual assault on a child in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony
- Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, a Class 1 misdemeanor
According to the sheriff’s office, Fleishman was working for Northern Colorado school districts when some of these crimes allegedly occurred. Fleishman worked as a substitute teacher for Poudre School District from 2008 to 2016 and as a substitute teacher for Thompson School District from 2009 to 2016. He worked as a full-time teacher for Thompson School District from 2016-2018.
“We are aware of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office ongoing investigation involving Mr. Daniel Fleishman and are cooperating fully with our partners in law enforcement,” Poudre School District spokesperson Madeline Noblett said in an email statement to the Coloradoan.
TSD spokesperson Michael Hausmann confirmed Fleishman worked for TSD during the time frame LCSO listed.
“Thompson School District is fully cooperating with law enforcement,” Hausmann said in email to the Coloradoan. “As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
Search results on Loveland High School’s website return a page that lists him as staff sponsor for the school’s wilderness club. In follow-up emails, Hausmann told the Coloradoan the page is an archived page on the website and that the club doesn’t currently exist at the school. He reiterated that Fleishman is no longer employed by the district.
Fleishman has no other criminal history in Colorado, according to court records.
Anyone with additional information about Fleishman they feel could help the investigation is asked to contact Investigator Justin Atwood at 970-498-5143 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868, where you will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.
Fleishman remains in Larimer County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court Nov. 26.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Arrests and charges are merely accusations by law enforcement until, and unless, a suspect is convicted of a crime.
Sady Swanson covers crime, courts, public safety and more throughout Northern Colorado. You can send your story ideas to her at email@example.com or on Twitter at @sadyswan.
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