RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - The charges against a Rio Rancho teacher accused of roughing up a couple of students have suddenly been dropped although the DA says there's more to the decision than meets the eye.
Ken Boyd was arrested in early February on two counts of child abuse. Now online court records show the two charges as "dismissed by prosecutor."
But earlier this month - prosecutors dismissed the charges.
Thirteenth Judicial District Attorney Lemuel Martinez called the dismissal a strategic move and suggested the case against Boyd could be larger than first thought.
The accusations against Boyd surfaced almost two months ago when an 11-year-old student said Boyd roughed him up and left him sitting alone in a dark classroom.
"I got a call from my son at Rio Rancho Middle School," the boy's mother told KRQE News 13 at the time. "He had called me from one of the phones. He was crying, stating he was scared."
Police arrested Boyd Feb. 2.
"After looking at the case we discovered that more charges, potential charges, should be added not only in this particular case, but we believe that there may be more victims," Martinez said. Prosecutors need more time to build a stronger case, he added.
Martinez would not say what the additional charges might be, where the possible charges are based or what police agency is investigating.
But once the investigation is complete Boyd will likely be facing charges once again, he said.
"We're completing that investigation, interviewing more victims," Martinez said. "And when we're finished with that investigation then we're going to take all that evidence to the grand jury and see what charges we'll move forward with on Mr. Boyd.
"We'll look it over, and we'll get an indictment with what charges that we feel we have probable cause or can prove beyond a reasonable doubt."
Rio Rancho police investigated the initial case at the middle school. A department spokesperson, however, said they are not investigating any new allegations.
Rio Rancho Public Schools confirmed Boyd is still on paid leave.
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