Colorado Springs high school coach charged in sex crimes

By Lance Benzel Updated: December 31, 2013 at 10:30 pm • Published: December 31, 2013 | 12:55 pm

A former Liberty High School football coach faces the potential of mandatory prison time after authorities say he coaxed a 15-year-old female student into an intimate relationship and encouraged her to keep it a secret from her parents.

Among the four child sex charges filed against David Ray Kindig on Tuesday were two alleging he is guilty of a pattern of sex crimes against a child by one in a position of trust.

If convicted of the top charge, Kindig, 21, would receive a mandatory sentence between eight and 24 years in prison, prosecutors say.

Under the state's stiff sentencing laws for child sex offenders, Kindig could also be held beyond that period, and up to the rest of his natural life, until prison officials determined he was safe to be released to the community.

Kindig on Tuesday wore a dark suit and stood between his two attorneys during a brief appearance before 4th Judicial District Judge David A. Gilbert.

He is free on bond and scheduled to return to court Feb. 5 for a preliminary hearing, when prosecutors outline their evidence against him.

The charges were filed three weeks after a Colorado Springs police resource officer received a tip from a student that Kindig had become romantically involved with a student. A police investigation uncovered two intimate encounters between the pair - one at Kindig's home on Mohagany Wood Court and another in a parked car outside a Wendy's restaurant on Hartsel Drive.

Authorities accuse Kindig of groping the girl but do not allege sexual intercourse.

The victim told police she ended the relationship because of rumors at school but also because Kindig "wanted to go farther sexually," police said in an arrest warrant.

Under interrogation by the police, Kindig admitted "to having a conversation with (the girl) about not telling her parents and others about their relationship," the court document said.

Kindig had been employed by Academy School District 20 for the first time as an assistant football coach during the 2013 football season, which concluded in November, when his employment also ended, a district spokeswoman said earlier this month.

He is the second Liberty High School athletic coach in two years to be arrested in a sexual assault on a student.

Former basketball coach Travis Clark, 32, faces an April trial after he was arrested in 2012 on allegations that he and an 18-year-old student exchanged oral sex at school.

Clark also faces a mandatory prison sentence if convicted of the top charge against him.

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