SANTA FE — Another one of Gary Gregor’s alleged victims on Thursday gave jurors graphic descriptions of the sexual abuse Gregor is accused of inflicting on his fourth-grade students a decade ago.
During the ex-teacher’s criminal trial in District Court, the alleged victim — now a young woman — told of Gregor assaulting her in a closet, under his classroom desk and while she sat next to him.
Gregor, 62, is facing a total of 13 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a minor and kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual offense for allegedly sexually assaulting two female students when he was their fourth grade teacher at Fairview Elementary in Española during the 2007-08 school year.
This is the first of four trials Gregor is expected to undergo for similar crimes against female students in Santa Fe and Española. The Española school district has already paid a total $9.2 million to female students who filed civil suits for Gregor’s alleged abuse.
The woman who testified Thursday, who is serving time in Mississippi on a felony conviction, said Gregor would ask her to wear a skirt to school and would get upset with her if she didn’t comply the next day.
As punishment, she said he would have her sit at the student council table, where she and another former student who testified Tuesday said Gregor would sit next to them and touch their private areas.
She also described one time when Gregor asked her to go under his desk with him during what she recalls as active shooter training.
“He got my hand and put it on his penis and rubbed himself with it,” said the woman, now 20. “I started feeling scared. I knew it was wrong. It didn’t feel right.”
There was another time when she went under his desk with Gregor and he kissed her, she said.
The woman said she went to school Principal Ruby Montoya twice, once with the other alleged victim in this case and once by herself. She didn’t tell Montoya that Gregor was touching her the first time at the principal’s office and instead just requested to be moved to a different class. But she says she went another time and told Montoya that Gregor was touching her thigh.
“After the second conversation I did tell her that he was touching me, but she didn’t do anything about it,” the woman said. “She said she would.”
No one from the school ever went to police about Gregor, according to civil litigation. The other alleged victim in this case testified earlier this week that when she and other girls went to principal Montoya with complaints about Gregor, her response was to tell students to stop spreading false information.
The woman who testified Thursday also said there was one instance where Gregor pulled her into a classroom closet. He gave her a “peck” on the lips and touched her backside, she said, before he reached down and touched her vagina.
“He put his hands down, and this time he actually got to where he wanted,” she said.
The woman said she lied to law enforcement agents when she said during a pretrial interview in March 2017 that Gregor never took her to a closet. She later said she didn’t tell the truth because of her criminal history and wasn’t comfortable around police.
“I don’t like talking to agents, period,” she said. “I hadn’t really told anyone what had happened to me.”