Gannon's stepmom former Widefield School District teacher
Last updated 3/6/2020 at 10:52am
Letecia Stauch, the stepmother of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch now accused of his murder, worked as a teacher in Widefield School District 3 for several months last year.
The district sent a notification to all staff and parents in the district on Thursday.
"Letecia Stauch was a substitute teacher in the district from March to May 2019," said Samantha Briggs, WSD3 Director of Communication. "She taught at French Elementary School from August to November 2019. She left the district in November."
According to the Colorado Department of Education, education providers are required to notify parents when a current or former employee (within the previous 12 months) has been charged with certain crimes, such as felony child abuse, sexual crimes, drug offenses, felony domestic violence, or other crimes of violence.
Schools or districts must release this information within two days of notification by law enforcement that the employee or former employee has been charged or had a preliminary hearing on such crimes. Schools are required to relay these details to student families even if the alleged crimes are not school-related.
Stauch has been charged with the following: Murder in the First-Degree (Child Under Twelve-Position of Trust), Child Abuse Resulting in Death Tampering with a Deceased Human Body, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Stauch reportedly has had stints working for a variety of schools and districts – most of them brief.
She was arrested early Monday morning in her home state of South Carolina and was extradited to Colorado Springs. Some news agencies reported that she slipped out of handcuffs during transport and attacked an officer, necessitating an overnight stay in a Kansas jail.
Authorities announced Stauch's arrest and her charges during an emotional press conference Monday. Although Gannon still has not been found after five weeks since the last sighting of him in his Lorson Ranch neighborhood, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said information they have uncovered leads them to believe he is no longer alive.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips said all the evidence points to Gannon's disappearance being the result of foul play, but that there is no indication of any threat to other children in the community in connection to this case.