Ex-Aztec High teacher accused of sexual abuse

Elizabeth Vigil (MDC)

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A former high school teacher in the Four Corners area is accused of repeatedly sexual assaulting a student for the better part of 2017.

Elizabeth Vigil, a former teacher at Aztec High School, is charged with eight counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, 12 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The 32-year-old woman, also known as Elizabeth Kaul, was arrested in Albuquerque on Thursday. She is currently held at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Magistrate Court:

On April 5, an Aztec police officer was contacted after a therapist reported her client was abused by a teacher when she was 15 years old, between April and December 2017. A principal at Aztec High School told police the school was aware of an incident between Vigil and the girl but “nothing was sexual in nature” and they moved the girl to another class.

On April 16, police met with the girl who told them the abuse began after she was moved to another classroom. The girl said Vigil told the girl she was attracted to her and asked if she “would want to do sexual things.”

The girl told police Vigil began to assault her “almost every day” when they were alone at the school. At one point, the girl said she told Vigil she wanted to stop and Vigil told her she was in love with her and would kill herself if she left.

The girl told police she was scared Vigil was suicidal and continued seeing her into summer break. She said the abuse continued into the next school year and Vigil began to talk about a future and the two getting married.

In December 2017, the girl told police she “exploded” on Vigil and told her how she felt manipulated and emotionally blackmailed by the teacher.

The girl said after the fight Vigil assaulted her for the last time and they didn’t talk again.

The girl told police she repressed everything until 2019 and began speaking to a therapist at her school.

In May 2017, detectives went to speak with Vigil at her home in Albuquerque, where she had since moved. Vigil declined to speak with police.

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