Crime Update: Former Fort Collins teacher arrested for sexual assault, clown threats in Northern Colorado

Oct 5: Man arrested for sexual assault on a juvenile



Fort Collins resident and gymnastics coach Dean Allen McCollum was arrested last Wednesday for an ongoing pattern of sexual abuse on a juvenile relative.

He was charged with the following after the abuse which allegedly took place between 2001 and 2006:

  • Sexual assault on a child, pattern of abuse (Class 3 felony)
  • Sexual Assault on a Child by one in a position of trust (Class 3 felony)
  • Aggravated incest (Class 3 felony)

McCollum has previously worked at Bauder Elementary School and as a coach at Mountain Kids Gymnastics in Fort Collins.

All parties are assumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Anyone who feels they have been victimized by McCollum is encouraged to contact Fort Collins Police Detective Tessa Jakobsson at (970) 221-6575.

Oct. 1 to Oct. 9: Clown craze hits Fort Collins and Northern Colorado


On Wednesday night, Fort Collins Police were notified of a threat posted on Facebook, which was similar to those consistent with the clown hoax that has been sweeping the country.

Another instance was reported in Greeley earlier this week with threats to carry out a school shooting. The threats evolved into rumors that two Greeley schools would be victims of a clown-themed shooting.

On Wednesday, Greeley police responded to a call that an 11-year-old boy had brought a BB gun to school. The gun had clown images on the side and the child said he would use “clown gloves” when he used it, police said.

Clown threats began in the Carolinas and have since emerged in multiple locations across the United States. There have been multiple sightings of clowns around the Colorado State University campus and Fort Collins.


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