Former teacher at youth jail sentenced for sex assault

Maggie Christine Stastny gets seven years for relationship with underage inmate

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A woman who taught at a youth detention center in Centennial and was arrested in 2019 on suspicion of engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage inmate pleaded guilty in March and received a seven-year sentence this month.

Maggie Christine Stastny was 32 around the time of her September 2019 arrest on a charge of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, according to a news release from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office at the time.

The assault allegedly occurred earlier that year at the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center, at 13500 E. Fremont Place, the release said.

Stastny was a Cherry Creek School District employee assigned to teach at the center, according to the release. The district provides licensed teaching staff for youths in the facility, according to the center’s website. The sheriff’s office did not release the inmate’s age at the time of the arrest.

In May 2019, Stastny met with an inmate in a living area for a group of youths, and a Colorado Department of Human Services employee observed the interaction and confronted the teacher, according to that department. The employee reported the interaction to Foote center administration.

The next day, the school district placed Stastny on administrative leave, according to the department. The inmate was released later that May.

Months later, additional information was learned that Stastny had reached out to staff and had admitted to having a sexual relationship with the inmate, according to the department.

“CDHS staff at the center acted quickly and appropriately to the May 8 suspicions as well as when further information came forward on Aug. 15,” the department said in a statement at the time. The department said it “is grateful for the work” of the sheriff’s office, the Arapahoe County Human Services Department and the school district in response to the information provided to them by CDHS, the statement added.

Stastny was sentenced on May 10 this year. She pleaded guilty March 1 to one count of sexual exploitation of a child, and other counts against her were dismissed as part of the plea deal, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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