ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A Cibola High School teacher was arrested on Thursday, charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor.
37-year-old Antonio Ortega allegedly took advantage of a 17-year-old female student in his classroom on Wednesday – the last day of school.
According to the criminal complaint, the language arts teacher and golf coach at the school allegedly came up from behind her, placed his hands on her neck and began touching her.
The complaint goes on to says he also repeatedly told her she couldn't tell anyone what he was doing.
According to the report, when she told him to stop, he left - only to come back in the room and forcefully touch her private parts.
When she was able to fend him off and leave, he allegedly propositioned her for sex as she was walking out the door.
Ortega faces additional charges for intimidation of a witness.
The complaint says he repeatedly told the victim not to tell anyone because he could lose his job.
APS says he was put on paid leave yesterday while they investigate.
He's been with the district for five years.
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