9-day trial set for sex assault case against former Steamboat Springs teacher



John Holland Brothers Jr.

— A nine-day trial has been set for the former Steamboat Springs Christian school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a boy eight times.

On Monday, John Holland Brothers Jr. pleaded not guilty to the 16 felonies that have been filed against him.

Judge Shelley Hill will oversee the jury trial that is scheduled to start Jan. 21.

Brothers has remained in custody and has been charged with eight counts of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse and eight counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. A Routt County Sheriff's Office investigator last week testified during a preliminary hearing that the acts took place throughout a six-week period between April 2006 and May 2008.

According to a document filed with the Routt County Court, Brothers left Steamboat Springs in 2008 after being confronted “about inappropriate contacts with the child victim.”

In addition to the Routt County case, Brothers has a pending case in Kentucky, where he has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse related to allegations that he sexually assaulted two youths at a church where he worked as a youth minister after leaving Colorado.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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