A former Clear Creek Middle School teacher was charged Thursday with five counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

Justin Manter, 25, also was charged with animal cruelty, according to a news release from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which covers Jefferson and Gilpin counties.

Court records that detail the accusation against Manter, who lives in Lakewood, were not immediately available Monday. School and district officials did not return requests for comment.

Limited online court records indicate Manter was charged with enticing a child into a sexually explicit act for the purposes of making pornography, possession of sexually explicit material and publishing, promoting, selling, offering, dealing in, arranging for, preparing or distributing that material.

Manter’s attorney, Chloe Gleichman, said the allegations against her client do not involve the middle school or any students.

“It is not alleged to have involved students or have anything to do with the school, and Mr. Manter is no longer working at that school,” she said, and declined to comment further.

The offenses are alleged to have occurred in July 2019, March 2020 and February of this year, according to the online records.

The district attorney’s office declined to provide additional information.

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

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