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Former local teacher arrested on child sexual assault allegations

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office arrested Fort Collins resident Daniel Gerschitz Fleishman Nov. 15 under accusations of sexual exploitation of a child. 

According to a Nov. 19 press release, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted the LCSO Investigations Division in October regarding a CyberTip. The tip led to a search warrant for the home of Fleishman located at the 1100 block of North Overland Trail in Fort Collins, and multiple computers and cell phones were seized. Evidence from these devices provided the basis for Fleishman’s arrest. 

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Fleishman worked as a substitute teacher for the Poudre School District from 2008-2016 and the Thompson School District from 2009-2016. From 2016-18, he worked full-time for the Thompson School District. Some allegations against him occurred during his time with both districts. 

Fleishman’s accusations include five felonies and one misdemeanor, including possession of child abusive images and video, production of child abusive material, unlawful electronic sexual communications and sexual assault on a child. 

LCSO asks anyone with information regarding Fleishman to call LCSO Investigator Justin Atwood at 970-498-5143 or anonymously message Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868, with the possibility of a cash reward.

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb

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Serena Bettis
Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.

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