Former Steamboat teacher pleads not guilty |

Former Steamboat teacher pleads not guilty

— A former Steamboat Springs High School teacher on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to 10 misdemeanor and felony charges filed against him by the Routt County District Attorney’s Office.

Dustin Dike, 40, was first arrested June 16 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 that reported $7,000 worth of items had been stolen.

Six of the charges are felonies. The other four are misdemeanors.

During a court appearance Wednesday, Dike’s attorney Eric Fenster said he was hopeful a plea deal could still be reached with the District Attorney’s Office.

“But we still have more work to do,” Fenster said.

Judge Shelley Hill set a March 31 deadline to reach a plea deal. She also scheduled a three-day trial to begin May 3 if the case goes to trial.

Dike, who resigned from the school district, is not in custody because he posted bond.

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

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