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Former Teacher Takes Plea Deal In Sex Case

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A fired former social studies teacher at Jimmy Carter Middle School who was facing a rape trial on charges she had sex with a 13-year-old student entered a plea agreement Friday and faces up to 24 years in prison.

Kristy Sanchez Trujillo, 36, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, two counts of criminal sexual contact and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Kayla Anderson, spokeswoman for the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office.

As part of the plea agreement, Trujillo will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

She will be sentenced on June 29.

The case had been set for a motions hearing Friday morning, but it was abruptly canceled and Trujillo indicated she wanted to accept the plea agreement, Anderson said.

“The state believes it (the plea) is in the best interests of the state, and the defendant agrees,” Anderson said.

Trujillo’s arrest in late October 2009 resulted in a charge of rape, after she confided to another teacher that she was having sex with one of her 13-year-old male students.

In a criminal complaint, Trujillo said she and the boy had had sex twice in a week, but not at school. She told officers that she picked the boy up twice from his home, took him to the movies, then drove to see the petroglyphs, which she referred to as “our spot.” She told officers they had sex in the back seat of her car.

APS fired Trujillo for employee misconduct.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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