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EX-UTAH TEACHER ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES

A man who earlier taught in Weber and North Summit school districts in Utah has been arrested in Colorado and is suspected of abusing more than 300 children. He was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting two children in Lakewood, Colo.

Reid Hansen, 58, is being held on $100,000 bail at the Jefferson County Jail in Colorado. He is charged with repeatedly molesting a 10-year-old relative and a single instance of molesting a 7-year-old girl.Lakewood police are turning some evidence over to the Utah attorney general for possible charges. The affidavit said police already have identified 17 possible victims in Utah.

Lakewood police arrested Hansen Friday at his parents' home in Indian Hills.

Douglas Bates, legal counsel to the Utah State Office of Education, said Hansen apparently left Utah in 1973. His Utah teaching certificate expired in 1974. No complaints alleging sexual misconduct were in his records in either Weber or North Summit, where he taught English, Spanish and reading in high schools, Bates said.

Hansen is alleged to have abused boys and girls ranging from newborns to age 17 since at least 1970, including incidents while he served as a Boy Scout counselor and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an arrest affidavit said.

Hansen was excommunicated from the church in 1975 for "moral transgressions" involving young boys, according to church documents acquired by the Lakewood police.

At the time of his arrest, Hansen had been working for one week at a private Denver high school, filling in for another instructor. He previously worked as a teacher and administrator at Mansfield Business School in Denver; Excelsior Youth Centers in Aurora, a residential school for troubled girls; the Randell Moore School of Denver; and the Family Service Foundation in Denver.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hansen's former wife told police that LDS Church officials estimated he had molested more than 300 young males since he was a teenager. The former wife said the church estimate was based on Hansen's own disclosures during therapy.

Hansen once allegedly fondled the 7-year-old girl involved in the current allegations while he held her in his lap. To make sure his victims did not tell parents, Hansen allegedly threatened them physically, and in one case, threatened to kill a girl's puppy.

The Lakewood arrest affidavit also details multiple incidents of sexual intercourse with the 10-year-old boy.

Hansen has been listed in the Colorado Central Registry of sex offenders since the 1980s, when he was arrested for an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old boy in Denver, according to the affidavit.

Bates said the type of allegations involved in the Colorado case are what has led Utah legislators to tighten provisions aimed at keeping sexual molesters out of schools. Private schools in Utah now have access to information on sex offenders, as well as public schools, and police records of sexual impropriety of a teacher cannot be expunged.

Hansen has been arrested on more than one occasion, but has not been prosecuted.