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Ex-Española teacher faces another molestation charge

Gary Gregor, shown here at a recent court hearing, faces a new charge. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)







ESPAÑOLA  — A former teacher awaiting trial on charges of rape, kidnapping and other counts is facing a new allegation.

A Rio Arriba County grand jury indicted Gary Gregor on Thursday on one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Court documents indicate the alleged touching occurred between August 2006 and May 2007.

Gregor’s attorney, Jason Bowles, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Gregor already is facing 13 felony counts of sexually abusing elementary school girls during the 2007-08 school year while he was teaching at Fairview Elementary School in Española, including sexual criminal penetration of a minor under 13, kidnapping and criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13.

He has since rejected two plea deals from the Attorney General’s Office and is set to go to trial in January, although he has not been arraigned on the new charge.

Gregor was named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in September that accused him of molesting three former female students in Española. That lawsuit echoed similar allegations made in two previous state and federal civil cases.

The Española school district has agreed to pay more than $7.5 million to settle the earlier lawsuits filed by his alleged victims.

In 2009, the Española school district placed Gregor on leave. The following year, state education officials refused to renew his teaching license.

Before taking his job in Española, Gregor worked in the Santa Fe Public Schools, which let him go with a “neutral” recommendation despite reports of improper behavior with students.