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Ex-school board member accused of 'sexting' boy faces new charges

JAKOB RODGERS Updated: October 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

A former Ellicott school board member accused of sexting a 14-year-old boy was arrested again Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child.

Stefanie Dickinson, 37, was arrested at her Ellicott home around 1:30 p.m. on suspicion of sexual assault on child by a person in a position of trust, a Class 3 felony, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. If convicted of the charge, she could spend the rest of her life in prison.

She was held in the El Paso County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

According to court records, her arrest Wednesday stems from a June 2008 incident involving a child under the age of 15.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Mike Schaller, wouldn’t comment until her arrest affidavit is released after a Thursday court hearing.

Dickinson was charged Oct. 5 with Internet luring of a child for allegedly sending sexually suggestive text messages to a 14-year-old Ellicott High School football player late last summer.

Deputies say Dickinson sent messages about having sex with the boy, including “baby I will rock ur effing world!!! haha.”

The boy’s sister found the text messages after she became suspicious about the relationship when she saw Dickinson talking to her brother and hugging him, according to an arrest warrant.

It’s unclear if the sexual assault charge involves the same victim.

The Ellicott school board accepted Dickinson’s resignation five days after she was jailed on the luring charge.

Despite her resignation, Dickinson remains on the November ballot as the target of a recall effort that began earlier this year.

The recall accused her and board Vice President Gary Lake of poor financial oversight and blamed them for the eastern El Paso County district’s poor teacher retention rate and low test scores.

Since her arrest, school officials have worried the negative publicity from the Dickinson case will hurt the chances for passage of the district’s $2.3 million proposal to pay for a new building, also on the November ballot.

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