Former University of Colorado runner Oscar Ponce, shown coaching March 12 at the Boulder Invitational at Potts Field, started the Lincoln High School cross
Former University of Colorado runner Oscar Ponce, shown coaching March 12 at the Boulder Invitational at Potts Field, started the Lincoln High School cross country and track teams in Denver. (Cliff Grassmick/Boulder Daily)

Denver police have arrested Oscar Alejandro Ponce, a coach at Abraham Lincoln High School, for accusations of sexual assault on a child.

Because of the sensitivity of the crime, police are not releasing any more information regarding the investigation.

The 34-year-old Ponce was an all-conference distance runner at the University of Colorado from 1996 to 1999 as well as an academic All-American.

Earlier this year, the Boulder Daily Camera reported that Ponce is widely heralded as an inspiring success story. The child of an immigrant single mother, he was an all-state runner at North High and became the first in his family to graduate from high school.

He is facing one count of sex assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

Denver Public Schools placed Ponce on administrative leave.

Denver police are asking any others who might have been victimized by Ponce to contact the Police Department at 720- 912-2000.