ARTESIA, N.M. (KRQE) - A Junior High School teacher in southeast New Mexico is behind bars for allegedly committing several violent sex crimes with young children.
The news has sparked an uproar from parents who have kids attending the teacher's school, partly due to who the woman's ex-husband is.
Many parents with kids at Park Junior High in Artesia are in shock after hearing the news online Monday.
"Its disturbing to hear, you know you're supposed to be trusting your kids to Artesia school system and you find out on Facebook that there's a dangerous person that's teaching your kids, that's ridiculous," said one woman, who did not wish to be identified.
The woman has a niece attending the school.
Friday afternoon, 42-year-old science teacher Jodi Kirkpatrick, also known as Jodi Glascoe, was arrested for allegedly raping young foster children in her care.
Her ex-husband, Richard Glascoe is a convicted sex offender serving a 25-year sentence for raping three 7-year-olds while they were in foster care years ago.
Kirkpatrick's charges stem from an investigation in Clovis. Court documents allege from 2003 to 2006, a 6-year-old was forced to watch and participate in sexual acts with Kirkpatrick and Glascoe, while in foster care.
A woman who spoke with KRQE News 13 said her niece was a student of Kirkpatrick's.
"They (Kirkpatrick's students) were pulled into the cafeteria, but they were not actually told anything concrete about what was going on or why this was happening, they just said 'oh you got a new teacher, here you go,'" she said.
School officials would not comment on the case, citing personnel matters, but the Superintendent did say Kirkpatrick is in her first year with the school district.
Police said one child was allegedly handcuffed in the Glascoe's bedroom and threatened with a gun and knife on different occasions. Court documents state the child was also forced to watch the couple sexually assault a toddler.
According to the criminal complaint, when a caseworker visiting the home asked Kirkpatrick why one of the children was crying, she allegedly blamed it on sickness.
Since Kirkpatrick worked with 8th and 9th graders, Artesia police are worried there could be more victims.
"We encourage them to talk to their counselors, their school resource officers, the detectives, whoever they trust to get that information where it needs to be," said Commander Lindell Smith, of the Artesia Police Department, of potential victims.
The Artesia Schools Superintendent confirmed Kirkpatrick is on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Kirkpatrick and Glascoe are currently divorced.
When the crimes allegedly happened, police said the couple had at least seven children in the home ranging from a one-year-old to a 17-year-old.
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