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Jail sentence delayed for former Steamboat teacher

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The year-long jail sentence for a former Steamboat Springs High School teacher convicted of a felony has been delayed due to medical reasons.

In August, Dustin "Dusty" Dike was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to felony theft and first-degree criminal trespassing.

Dike was first arrested June 16, 2016, after police suspected him of stealing a $75,000 backhoe.

Steamboat police then discovered evidence that led them to believe Dike had committed other crimes. Police believe Dike burglarized a ski shop in Gondola Square as well as a business on 13th Street, which reported $7,000 worth of items had been stolen.

Dike was scheduled to start serving his jail time last week, but Judge Shelley Hill agreed to a delay.

Dike has Parkinson's Disease, and it has been argued that his compulsive behavior has been the result of his treatment for the disease.

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"The guy is suffering from a very debilitating disease," said Dike's attorney Eric Fenster.

Fenster said Dike has qualified for deep brain stimulation, a procedure that has helped people with Parkinson's. The procedure will require multiple surgeries.

Fenster said Dike will likely be spending a lot of time going in and coming out of jail.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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