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February 06, 2005

Teacher indicted on new sex abuse charges

February 6, 2005 [Associated Press]

SANTA FE (AP) - A former elementary school teacher already charged with molesting two students has been indicted on additional charges involving two more boys.

A Santa Fe grand jury indicted 31-year-old Ernest Dominguez of Tucumcari on 22 counts of child molestation and related charges Thursday.

The new indictment alleges that Dominguez abused two children under the age of 13 between August 2001 and August 2002.

Dominguez is under house arrest in Tucumcari while he awaits trial.

The initial indictment contained 30 counts of criminal contact of a minor stemming from alleged abuse of two other boys under the age of 13 between May 2002 and November 2002.

Deputy District Attorney Barbara Romo said all four were in Dominguez’s class at the same time. Dominguez taught fifth grade during his first year at Salazar Elementary School in Santa Fe and then moved to the sixth grade.

Posted by Nancy at February 6, 2005 06:17 PM