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Investigation into charter school harassment accusations closes after just 15 days

Michelle Donaldson
October 07, 2017 03:56 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Fifteen days. That’s all the time it took for a New Mexico police department to open and close an investigation into a charter school administrator who allegedly touched a child.

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Now, the alleged victim – a 12-year-old girl – feels ignored.

“He told me, ‘Do you know how beautiful you are?’ And I told him, ‘Thank you,’” she said.

The victim said she was called into the school’s office in August, when the administrator grabbed her hand and told her she looked like she was 17.

Then, she alleges, the administrator kissed her on her lips and grabbed her behind.

A teacher contacted police, and the child was questioned on August 22, as was the administrator who denied the accusations.

Then, 15 days later, on Sept. 6, the case was closed “due to a lack of evidence.”

KOB is not naming the school or the accused administrator since no one has been charged with a crime, but one former school employee says she believes the 12-year-old student.

“I told her, ‘You know what? He’s not going to get away with this. He’s not going to do this again,’” the former employee said.

She said the same administrator made similar advances towards her, but when she mentioned it to the investigating officer, he never asked for the fully story.

She said she then filed a grievance, and was later terminated from her position.

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