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Ex-teacher faces new Santa Fe sex charges, has some dropped

SANTA FE — A former Santa Fe and Española public school teacher who’s already facing over 20 charges of sexually abusing female students was indicted on two more rape counts this week.

Gary Gregor, 61, was indicted on two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 on Tuesday for crimes that allegedly occurred while he was a fourth grade teacher at Santa Fe’s Agua Fria Elementary School during the 2003-2004 school year.

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Gary Gregor walks into court in Santa Fe, at an October hearing. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal

Gregor previously was indicted on 15 counts last month for sex crimes committed against two of his female students at Agua Fria, but seven of those charges were dropped by the Attorney General’s office Wednesday. Attorney General spokesman James Hallinan said they were dismissed because they were past the time limits of the statute of limitations.

Assistant Attorney General Laura Horton filed a notice to join all of the Santa Fe counts into a single case on Wednesday.

In the document, Horton writes that Gregor would have the two victims sit at a table at the front of the classroom. He would keep one of the girls in the classroom on alternating days during lunch and recess and would rape them, Horton wrote.

One victim was interviewed by police again earlier this month and said Gregor would rape her while she was sitting on his lap in the classroom, leading to the new indictment.

Gregor is also charged with raping girls while he was a teacher at Fairview Elementary School in Española between 2006 and 2008, giving him 24 charges altogether.

Gregor resigned from Santa Fe Public Schools in 2004 after Museum of International Folk Art employees told the district that they saw him fondling young girls on a field trip. He was given a “neutral” recommendation by SFPS and was later hired in Española.

Gregor’s case has gained national attention as an example of “passing the trash” among school districts. He also faced accusations in Utah and Montana.

Gregor rejected two plea deals at the last minute during court hearings in October and November while victims and their families were in attendance. That caused his private attorney, Jason Bowles, to separate ties with him and Gregor is now represented by a public defender. He was been indicted on 17 extra counts since the plea hearings.

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