Cherry Creek High School softball coach Paul “Pablo” Severtson was arrested July 20 for felony criminal solicitation following an investigation into the suicide of a juvenile female in Virginia, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Severtson is also a coach for the Colorado Styxx Girls Softball Club and has worked as a paraprofessional at Cherry Creek High School, West Middle School and Cherry Creek Elevation since 2020.
Abbe Smith, the chief communications officer for Cherry Creek Schools, said in a written statement the district was notified by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office of Severtson’s arrest on the morning of July 20.
Severtson was terminated from his employment with the school district effective immediately, Smith said.
“CCSD [Cherry Creek School District] is working with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office to support their investigation. In accordance with state statute regarding mandatory parental notification for certain felony charges, the district has notified families at all three schools where Mr. Severtson worked,” Smith said. “His arrest was not connected to his employment with the Cherry Creek School District and did not involve CCSD students.”
Smith said Severtson went through a regular district hiring process, which includes a criminal background check and reference checks.
“The process did not raise any concerns about his employment,” Smith said.
In March, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia about a juvenile female who died by suicide, the office said.
According to the news release, investigators found that Severtson, 37, was allegedly talking to the female juvenile on several social media messaging apps. The office said investigators also found that he attempted to persuade her to produce and send nude images and videos of herself, which would be considered child sexual abuse material due to her age, authorities said.
Severtson had three accounts on the messaging and chat app Kik, the office said. According to the sheriff's department, he allegedly used several different names and usernames on the apps, including Tyson Richard with the username TYSONHELP, Reggie Collins with the username REGGIEBBC11, and Jordan Styme with the username JSTYME8080.
According to the news release, Severtson “always passed himself off as 22 to 23 years old and sometimes into fitness.”
On July 20, investigators from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children unit executed a search warrant at Severtson’s home in unincorporated Arapahoe County, the office said. The office said several items of evidence were seized from his home, and Severtson was taken into custody and booked on a charge of felony criminal solicitation.
With the ongoing investigation, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said in the news release there is concern Severtson may have more victims spread out nationwide.
The office is asking that anyone with information contact the sheriff’s office at (720) 874-8477.
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