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Ex-ABQ teacher faces another charge of sexual abuse

Danny Aldaz (BCSO)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former elementary school teacher who already faces allegations that he sexually abused three students has been charged with abusing a fourth.

Danny Aldaz, 45, was arrested Monday on two counts of sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

He most recently worked at Valle Vista Elementary School until he was put on leave when the Albuquerque Public Schools district found out about the investigation into him in January 2020. He started as a substitute teacher in 2004, worked at Edward Gonzales Elementary School and Helen Cordero Elementary School, and taught children at Blissful Spirits yoga studio since 2015.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, the latest allegation came about when a girl told her mother she had been touched inappropriately by her second-grade teacher at Valle Vista in the 2018-2019 school year. The mother said she did not know anything about the previous charges against Aldaz until she confided in a friend, who told her he had already been accused on sexual abuse.

The little girl had been having trouble at the school and had to withdraw from it and repeat the grade at another school. In a forensic interview she disclosed that her teacher touched both her and her friend.

The previous case against him is pending.

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