September 19, 2011
An Ellicott School District 22 school board member has been arrested on suspicion of “sexting” a 14-year-old high school student.
Stefanie Dickinson, 37, was booked into the El Paso County jail on Sunday on suspicion of Internet luring of a child, a Class 4 felony, after a deputy found a series of text messages on the 14-year-old’s phone offering to have sex with him, authorities said.
She has since posted a $3,000 bond, said Sgt. Mike Schaller, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Dickinson, treasurer of the school board, is one of two board members fighting a recall effort that began amid several concerns including poor fiscal oversight and a lack of improvement in teacher retention rates.
Attempts by The Gazette to reach Dickinson were not successful Monday.
Deputies suspect Dickinson began texting the 14-year-old boy after he joined Dickinson, her husband and their two sons, on a trip to Lake Meredith, near Ordway in mid- to late August.
During the trip, Dickinson asked the boy for his cell phone number so that she could text him pictures of the trip, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrest warrant dated Sept. 12.
About a week later, Dickinson began texting him saying she wanted to sneak out of the house so she could meet with him, the warrant stated.
A deputy later found a text message on the boy’s phone from Dickinson that read “I just want u,” the warrant said.
Another text message sent from Dickinson Sept. 2 talked about having sex, followed by “Baby I will rock ur effing world!! Haha,” the warrant said.
The text messages were discovered by the boy’s sister, who became suspicious about the relationship after she saw Dickinson talking to her brother and hugging him.
The boy told deputies that Dickinson often met him at football practices and she “would always tell me I have a sexy smile,” the warrant said. But he denied that Dickinson asked him to meet her so they could have sex.
He added that she also sent a text message stating "You can't tell anyone about this at all because I could lose my family," the warrant said.
It is unknown if the boy attends an Ellicott District school.
Terry Ebert, the district's superintendent, said he learned of Dickinson's arrest on Monday morning but he was still gathering information.
"The district is aware of the allegation but I have no information beyond that,” Ebert said. "It would be inappropriate for me to comment any further on it.”
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