A former Poudre School District and Thompson School District teacher accused of several sex crimes against children pleaded guilty to some charges this week.
Daniel Fleishman, now 39, pleaded guilty to three charges during a Monday court hearing:
- Sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 3 felony
- Attempted sexual assault on a child 15-18 years old while in a position of trust, a Class 5 felony
- Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, a Class 1 misdemeanor
Six other charges were dismissed by the district attorney’s office as part of a plea agreement, according to online court records.
The plea agreement allows for open sentencing, which means 8th Judicial District Court Judge Laurie Dean will be able to sentence Fleishman to probation, Larimer County Community Corrections or to the Department of Corrections, Dean advised Fleishman during Monday’s hearing.
Per the plea agreement, the sentences for each count must run concurrent, or simultaneously, Dean advised Fleishman on Monday.
Fleishman was arrested Nov. 15, 2019, after the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said it received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding a “CyberTip” received by the national agency.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Fleishman’s home and seized several computers and cellphones, the sheriff’s office said in a news release at the time of Fleishman’s arrest.
The sheriff’s office said Fleishman worked in PSD and Thompson School District when some of the crimes occurred.
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Fleishman was a substitute teacher in PSD from 2008 to 2016 and a substitute teacher for Thompson School District from 2009 to 2016. He worked as a full-time teacher for Thompson School District from 2016 to 2018.
Thompson School District spokesperson Michael Hausmann previously told the Coloradoan that Fleishman taught the following classes at Loveland High School in the 2016-17 school year:
- Six classes of ninth-grade pre-advanced English
- Two classes of 11th-grade International Baccalaureate/Diploma Programme
- One 11th-grade Theory of Knowledge class
- One 12th-grade Theory of Knowledge class
Fleishman was also a staff adviser for Loveland High School’s Wilderness Club in the 2016-17 school year, Hausmann confirmed. The adviser position was not a paid extra-duty position offered by the district, Hausmann said.
Wilderness Club was the only club Fleishman was involved in, Hausmann said, and the club was discontinued after the 2016-17 school year.
In the 2017-18 school year, Fleishman taught the following classes at Mountain View High School:
- Six yearlong classes of credit recovery for ninth-12th grades
- One ninth-grade advisory class
In the 2015-16 school year, Fleishman was a substitute in the following Thompson schools:
- Thompson Valley High School
- Loveland High School
- Mountain View High School
- Berthoud High School
- Lucile Erwin Middle School
- Ferguson High School
- Thompson School District’s night school
Prior to the 2015-16 academic year, the district used a different system to manage substitute teachers, and data from that system is no longer available, Hausmann said.
PSD maintains substitute records for only three years, so a list of schools where Fleishman taught is not available. Fleishman last worked for PSD schools in June 2016, the district said previously.
Fleishman last received a teacher credential with the Colorado Department of Education in June 2017, receiving an endorsement for English language arts in grades 7-12. His credential expired on June 1, 2020.
Fleishman has no other criminal history in Colorado, according to court records. His arrest documents are sealed from the public.
Fleishman’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 5. He remains out on bond.
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