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Ex-teacher Gregor faces additional charges of rape, molestation

SANTA FE — A former Santa Fe and Española public school teacher already facing numerous child molestation counts has been indicted for more than a dozen additional crimes.

For the first time, Gary Gregor, 61, is charged with committing rape and molestation during the period he was a teacher in the Santa Fe Public Schools.

Gregor previously was charged with molesting young girls while teaching at Fairview Elementary School in Española between 2007 and 2008. The new indictment filed Wednesday adds 15 more counts of raping and otherwise sexually victimizing two girls during the time he was working at Agua Fria Elementary School in Santa Fe between 2003 and 2004, bringing his grand total to 29 charges.

The new indictment charges Gregor with four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13, five counts of unclothed criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13, four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13, one count of sexual exploitation of a child with intent to record a sexual act and one count of kidnapping. The crimes occurred between Aug. 1, 2003 and May 30, 2004, according to the indictment. He resigned from Santa Fe Public Schools in 2004.

In 2005, the state Public Education Department issued a reprimand to Gregor for “among other things, having fourth-grade girls frequently sit on his lap, at which time he would hug them, put his arm around their waists and tickle them on their stomach or arm,” the order says.

The order also states that a SFPS human resources employee testified that she investigated complaints of inappropriate behavior involving girls. She learned he formed a basketball team of only girls that would play during recess and he would “push his body against the girls.” She also said she thought Gregor had “boundary issues involving girls” and allowed them to sit on his lap.

But the Santa Fe public schools allowed Gregor to leave with a “neutral” recommendation to potential future employers. He was later hired by Española schools.

A lawsuit that was filed in 2014 said the docents at the Museum of International Folk Art reported to school employees that they had observed Gregor fondling girls on a field trip.

Gregor has already rejected two plea deals in public hearings in October and November in which the victims and their family members attended.

The results have caused his attorney, Jason Bowles, to file a motion to withdraw as his lawyer. “During the course of those events, and in the aftermath, counsel has developed what he believes is a structural conflict with Mr. Gregor, which would prevent him from continuing effective representation,” the motion states.

The Española schools have already settled two lawsuits filed by Gregor’s alleged victims for more than $7 million. A third lawsuit is pending.