Former band teacher pleads not guilty to charges of sex assault

Geoffrey Adam Banninger is suspected of having sexual relations with a student

Posted 7/10/18

Geoffrey Adam Banninger, 23, entered a not guilty plea with Jefferson County Courts July 2 to charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child, pattern …

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Former band teacher pleads not guilty to charges of sex assault

Geoffrey Adam Banninger is suspected of having sexual relations with a student

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Geoffrey Adam Banninger, 23, entered a not guilty plea with Jefferson County Courts July 2 to charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child, pattern of sexual abuse. Both class 3 felonies.

Banninger was a volunteer coach with the Arvada High School Band and part-time band teacher in the Cherry Creek School District when he was arrested on Jan. 7 on suspicion of having sexual relations with a band student who attends Eaglecrest High School in Centennial. At the time of the arrest he was terminated from his position with the Cherry Creek School District and Jeffco schools prohibited his access to schools and students.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office initially contacted the Jefferson County authorities about the investigation into Banninger. Investigators believe Banninger had relations with a 16-year-old female student in his home in unincorporated Jefferson County near Golden.

At the time of Banninger’s arrest Arvada High School Principal Gina Rivas said in a letter to parents that the investigation is ongoing but that “it is our understanding that all victims have been identified and interviewed by law enforcement. It is also our understanding that law enforcement does not have an indication that there are additional victims.”

Banninger will appear in court again July 30 for a pre-trial conference.

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