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Ex-elementary teacher sentenced to additional time

Convicted child rapist and former teacher Gary Gregor sits in court Monday before being sentenced to an extra six years in prison. Gregor is already serving an 108-year sentence on a previous case. (Edmundo Carrillo/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE – A former Española and Santa Fe elementary school teacher had a few extra years tacked onto an already long prison sentence Monday.

Gary Gregor, 63, was sentenced to six years in prison for one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 for inappropriately touching a female student while he was a second grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School in Española during the 2006-07 school year.

Gregor is already serving a 108-year sentence on 12 total charges of raping and kidnapping two female students while he was a fourth grade teacher at Fairview during the 2007-08 year.

The victim, who was 21 when she testified at trial last year, said that Gregor kept her behind during recess and would lie on the floor with her. She said she could feel Gregor’s erection on her backside, but didn’t tell anyone at the time because she didn’t know what Gregor was doing was wrong.

A letter from the victim that was read into the court record by someone else said the abuse caused her to suffer anxiety attacks. But, “I won’t let you or anything you have done to me ruin my life,” she wrote.

Gregor’s attorney, Shelby Bradley, asked Santa Fe District Court Judge Marlowe Sommer to run the new sentence concurrent with the old one, meaning he would only serve the 108 years he was previously given. The judge declined the request because this case had a different victim, making for a total sentence of 114 years in prison.

The victim in Monday’s case received a $2.5 million settlement for a lawsuit filed against Española Public Schools and Gregor.

To date, EPS has paid $20 million to settle suits involving Gregor.

Gregor received a “neutral recommendation” from Santa Fe Public Schools in 2004 after allegations of him behaving inappropriately with female students at Agua Fria Elementary School came to light, ensuring that future employers wouldn’t hear of the allegations.

The state Public Education Department gave Gregor a written reprimand after being notified of the allegations at SFPS.

Documents obtained by the Journal showed that no SFPS or PED officials contacted law enforcement.

Gregor did not speak at Monday’s hearing. He is scheduled to undergo at least one other trial later this year for allegedly molesting girls at Agua Fria.

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