A teacher at Calabasas Middle School in Rio Rico has been arrested on
charges that he had inappropriate physical and sexual contact with five
students at the school.
Jeffrey G. Lawrence, 50, of Rio Rico, was arrested
Thursday and booked into the county jail on three counts of sexual abuse
and five counts of aggravated assault, Sheriff Antonio Estrada said.
Bond has been set at $500,000 cash.
Rod Rich, superintendent at the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School
District, said the allegations first surfaced on Thursday afternoon when
a female student came to the school office and said she had been
inappropriately touched by one of her teachers.School officials immediately contacted the sheriff’s office, Rich said.
to Estrada, his investigators learned that several other students
allegedly saw Lawrence touch the 12-year-old, seventh-grade student.
What’s more, he said, “During the investigation, four additional
students came forward and reported similar types of misconduct.“Estrada
said he couldn’t provide more details on the nature of the allegations,
but he said all of the alleged victims were 12- and 13-year-old
students in the seventh grade.Investigators also obtained a
search warrant for Lawrence’s home, where they seized computer
equipment, digital cameras and vehicle, but Estrada said the items were
still being examined.It was not immediately clear if Lawrence has a lawyer.
Rich said school officials plan to send a letter home to parents about the situation early next week.
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