Former Las Cruces teacher pleads guilty to inappropriately touching students

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – A former Las Cruces teacher has pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching his students. Patrick Howard reached a plea deal on criminal sexual contact and battery charges after several students came forward in 2018.

Some incidents happened on school trips and one father said Howard slapped his daughter on her behind. Howard was sentenced to supervised probation and community service.

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