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Teacher’s sentencing is delayed

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Sentencing was delayed for a 33-year-old former Elizabeth High School teacher who admitted to having sex with one of the school’s 17-year-old football players.Ninth Judicial District Judge Denise Lynch rescheduled Friday’s sentencing for Dec. 13 to provide time for Darcie Esson to be screened for a community corrections program in case that ends up being part of her sentence.The delay may have been a surprise to family members of both the victim and of Esson who showed up to attend the sentencing.Defense attorney Pamela Mackey said, “I don’t believe (community corrections) is a condition of probation.” She added that Esson had not been screened for community corrections.Contacted after the hearing, District Attorney Martin Beeson said he received the probation department’s report three days ago. It took three days to process the large amount of information and come to the decision that he would ask for community corrections screening, Beeson said.”I don’t believe it was unexpected, but I can’t speak for the defense counsel or her family members,” he said.A few of Esson’s family members appeared in court from out of state. The parents of the victim also appeared.”I don’t for a minute believe that this came as a surprise for defense counsel,” Beeson said.Esson pleaded guilty in June to one count of sexual assault on a child 15- to 17-years old. The high school team was staying in Glenwood Springs following a playoff football game against RifleThe sentencing was scheduled for four hours.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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