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Former school staff member suspected of taking 'upskirt' video of women, girls

Steven Jenkins arrested, faces charges of sexual exploitation of a child

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A Douglas County School District employee was arrested Dec. 8 on charges of sexual exploitation of a child after the principal of the school where he was working called police to report inappropriate behavior and allegedly shooting video with a cell phone up the skirts of girls and women.

Steven Michael Jenkins, 54, is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony. He was released from jail on Dec. 11 on a $5,000 bond, Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lauren LeKander said. He is no longer employed with the school district, a DCSD spokeswoman said.

Records show he has court appearances on Dec. 14 and in January.

Throughout their investigation, detectives discovered approximately 20 “upskirt” videos of an estimated 10 women on Jenkins' phone, in addition to three juvenile victims, according to the arrest affidavit.

Jenkins has been teaching for nearly 30 years, the affidavit says. At the time of his arrest he was working as a “facilitator of innovation” for Renaissance Secondary School, which hosts grades six through 10, in Castle Rock, where he had been employed since May. Jenkins worked as a math teacher for Castle View High School from August 2014 until he began working at Renaissance.

According to the affidavit, the principal at Renaissance, Debbie Rabideau, told a Castle Rock police officer on Dec. 3 she'd received reports from two students saying they witnessed Jenkins use his phone to take upward pictures or videos of female students wearing short shorts or skirts.

The report says Jenkins worked as an instructional coach at the school and did not teach or issue grades to the students making the allegations or the alleged victims. Rabideau told police Jenkins did not have a district-issued phone and the device in question would be a personal one.

On Dec. 4, the Castle Rock police officer returned to the school and interviewed Jenkins. Jenkins allowed the officer to search his phone and signed a permission form after being told there were reports he'd sent threatening text messages, the affidavit says. Jenkins told the officer he had nothing to hide.

After searching his text messages, the officer told Jenkins he'd also received reports of him taking inappropriate pictures of students, which Jenkins denied. Together, Jenkins and the officer scrolled through photos on the phone.

When the officer opened the videos tab, he noticed videos filmed at unusual angles, the report says, including still shots of floors, walls and ceilings.

After the officer clicked on a video, Jenkins “suddenly reached for the phone and attempted to take it away,” the affidavit says. Jenkins first said his reaction was because the videos were of his wife.

Jenkins went on to say there were “accidental” videos filmed up adult women's skirts, women he did not know. Jenkins then changed his story to say the woman was a friend. Jenkins also said he had a video of his ex-wife, but that she had not given consent for him to film her, the affidavit says.

Jenkins denied ever filming students.

The officer asked Jenkins why he had such videos, to which he replied he knew taking the videos was “stupid” and described it as a sexual thing.

As a result of the interview, the officer seized Jenkins' phone and school-issued laptop as evidence.

The affidavit says students did not report having conflicts with Jenkins, and that he was well-liked at the school.

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