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Ex-teacher found guilty on 1 of 3 counts of sexual contact

October 30, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Santa Fe art teacher was convicted of one of three counts of criminal sexual contact stemming from accusations by former students that he inappropriately touched them during class.

Aaron Dean Chavez was charged with three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 for three incidents that occurred while he was a teacher at Santo Nino Regional Catholic School.

Chavez denies inappropriately touching his students.

District Attorney Marco Serna says a Santa Fe County jury Monday was deadlocked on two of the counts.

Chavez was convicted of the more serious of the crimes, unclothed contact with a 6-year-old girl who testified that while she was in Chavez’ first-grade class in 2016 he tucked her shirt in to her underwear, touching her genitals and buttocks under her clothes.

Chavez is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

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