New Mexico Investigates School's Hiring of Sex Abuse Suspect
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico's attorney general said Monday he will investigate how the state's largest school district hired a high-level administrator who faces child sex abuse charges in Colorado.
The district's new superintendent, meanwhile, faces increasing pressure to resign over the debacle.
Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office will look into why Albuquerque Public Schools' safety protocols were dismissed and former deputy superintendent Jason Martinez was hired in June before a background check was completed.
Superintendent Luis Valentino hired Martinez to head the district's instruction and technology division.
Martinez resigned abruptly last week. It later surfaced that he faces four felony counts of sexual assault on a child in Colorado involving two victims. Two previous counts have been dismissed, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office.
A lawyer for Karen Rudys, the district's interim assistant superintendent for human resources, said Valentino was informed multiple times about Martinez refusing to complete his background check but ignored those concerns.
"This was a horrific breach of trust for the parents of APS," Balderas told The Associated Press on Monday. He stopped short of saying if his office would seek criminal charges, but he said the office will see if the district conducted necessary criminal background checks on other employees.
Valentino was selected for the superintendent post in June, and the school board plans to vote Thursday on whether he should be dismissed...
The Denver Post reported Martinez won a districtwide award in 2011 for helping design The Digital Door Project, which gathers data for teachers and principals, including individual student data, to help improve standardized test scores...