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Report: Mysterious firing of APS teacher involved sex toy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A police report reveals the mysterious firing of an Albuquerque middle school teacher that involved a sex toy. 

A warning, the details of this story include adult subject matter.

KRQE News 13 had to file a public records request to get the district to release the Albuquerque Public Schools police report. In the report, a 14-year-old girl claims a teacher gave her something very inappropriate at school. 

"The story that the girls came about was a teacher had given one of the 14-year-old girls a vibrator," said Peggy Hernandez. 

Peggy Hernandez said her granddaughters go to Jimmy Carter Middle School. She said they noticed a substitute teacher giving one student extra attention.

 "The one teacher had been making advances to the little girl," Hernandez said.

In an APS police report, a 14-year-old told police the 57-year-old long-term sub, Claude Carroll gave her a vibrator boxed up as a birthday gift at school.
  
The report also says the student's mom was angry because the school administration knew about Carroll's behavior and did nothing.

"And the little girl was very uncomfortable with it and was requesting to be removed from the class and nothing was ever done," Hernandez said.

Two other students told police they knew about the vibrator and smoked weed with the same substitute teacher in his car after attending a basketball game.

The report doesn't give a clear timeline of the events, but APS Police launched the criminal investigation in February, the same month Carroll was fired.

APS then suspended the principal and vice principal and reassigned them to other jobs within the district but won't say if the moves were connected to this case. 

"There's a new principal, new people that really want to help our kids and not let anything happen to them," said parent Edith Cereceres.

APS said it submitted the police report to the District's Attorney's office on April 30. The teacher could face charges for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Jimmy Carter Middle School was rocked by another teacher scandal about a decade ago. That's when a 33-year-old teacher was arrested for having sex with one of her 13-year-old students, which of course is rape.


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