SANTA FE — New Mexico State Police are not releasing the results of an internal investigation into why state officers never filed charges against a Santa Fe school teacher who was accused of molesting students in 2012. The same teacher was charged in four years later by another police agency, and later convicted, after other students came forward.
The State Police claim records of the internal investigation are exempt from disclosure under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act because they include “matters of opinion” in personnel files.
The Journal filed a complaint Wednesday with the state Attorney General’s Office against the state Department of Public Safety, of which the State Police are part, for the refusal to release any records from the probe.
State Police investigated former Santo Niño Regional Catholic School teacher Aaron Dean Chavez in 2012 after two female students told school officials that he groped them when they were in his first grade class in 2007.