Former substitute teacher accused of giving sex toy to teen
May 15, 2018 10:07 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At Jimmy Carter Middle School, the talk on the schoolyard isn't about any kid in trouble, but a former substitute teacher.
Parents accuse former substitute 57-year-old Claude Carroll of giving a vibrator to a student and offering marijuana to others. After school resource officers took statements from students in February, Carroll resigned less than a month later.
Though Albuquerque Public School resource officers charged Carroll with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in February, Carroll was still able to umpire high school baseball the entire spring season. For some reason, the accusations that happened at Jimmy Carter weren't caught on the baseball field.
New Mexico Activities Association spokesperson Dusty Young said NMAA was not aware of the specific allegations. Young said NMAA plans to work with APS to further investigate Carroll's case.
A grandfather of a Jimmy Carter student, Al Lovato, is disturbed over the allegations.
"They should be investigating this whole matter and disciplining this teacher you know?" Lovato said.
Though APS police took their report in February and handed the case to the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office to prosecute, it's now May. Carroll's case has yet to appear in the public court search system or be assigned a court date.
Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office spokesperson Michael Patrick said Carroll's case won't appear in the public court search until he's arrested or a grand jury indicts him. Patrick added that a prosecutor has been assigned to Carroll's case, but a timetable set for an indictment to happen.
Student Nicole Rausch said kids are talking about the matter. Rausch said she knows the 14-year-old girl whom received the sex toy.
"I heard she was disgusted," Rausch said.
According to a school resource officer report, on a different occasion Carroll allegedly got into his car and invited two students inside and offered them marijuana in the fall of 2017 after a basketball game.
If it's proven true, grandparent George Rael said Carroll crossed the line.
"[He] shouldn't be doing it anyway especially with little kids,” Rael. “If he wants to smoke pot on his own, that's his right I guess if you want to call it that but not with little kids."
A family member of Carroll's said the sex toy and marijuana allegations are false but would not agree to be interviewed by KOB.
The Public Education Department currently has an open investigation into Carroll, but spokesperson Lida Alikhani would provide no further details.
Updated: May 15, 2018 10:07 PM
Created: May 15, 2018 09:03 PM
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