Sex Abuse Charges Against Ex-School Official Prompt Review

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APNewsBreak: New Mexico AG eyes Albuquerque schools probe.

DENVER (AP) – A Denver judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a former New Mexico school administrator who faces child sex abuse charges in Colorado and violated terms of his bail when he left the state.More than 24 hours after a warrant was issued for his arrest, former Albuquerque Public School deputy superintendent Jason Martinez had yet to surrender to Denver authorities Tuesday for failing to comply with conditions of his pretrial release on two felony criminal cases.

A longtime school administrator from Denver brought the professional credentials to become a high-level administrator in New Mexico’s largest school district this summer. Denver District Attorney’s spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough told the Journal Tuesday that prosecutors in her office have been in contact with Martinez’s attorney, Leonard Martinez of Denver, to arrange for the arrest.

The day after his resignation from APS, New Mexico Political Report found that Martinez had been hiding from the school district the fact that he was facing a trial in Denver in October for four counts of sexual assault of a child. “Jason Martinez should have never been hired at Albuquerque Public Schools”. Martinez resigned from his job as Albuquerque Public Schools Deputy Superintendent last week after news reports surfaced that Martinez never completed a background check with the district. According to authorities, both alleged assaults happened in 2012 and 2013 after Martinez left Denver Public Schools in 2012, where he was a grade school principal and a district administrator. Martinez was mentioned, along with PED Secretary Hanna Skandera, Superintendent Luis Valentino and the APS School Board, in a whistleblower lawsuit filed Monday by APS CFO Don Moya.

Martinez has tasked compliance investigators from the state education and public safety departments with launching the across-the-board review of personnel policies. The judge Tuesday also revoked two $50,000 bonds posted by Martinez for his 2013 arrest and a domestic violence arrest earlier this year in which he allegedly struck two men in a Denver nightclub district in January. An audience crowded the meeting and some demanded that Valentino step down. “This board takes our responsibility seriously, as well as our commitment to our constituents”, Duran wrote in a statement Sunday. But after he resigned, Martinez was deemed “ineligible to rehire,” Jones said, adding that he couldn’t say why on the advice of the district’s attorney.

Under that level of supervision, he was supposed to check in with Pretrial Services by telephone one to four times a month and meet for case management once or twice monthly. But Pretrial Services officials, according to the Denver DA’s motion to revoke Martinez’s bail, had no idea Martinez had gone to work in Albuquerque this summer.

Paperwork verifies that Martinez even signed the conditions of that release. “Sounds to me like one man who was a sociopath, came in here and caused a lot of damage,” said Marty Esquivel, a former APS Board Member, who interviewed with KRQE News 13 this week. A lawyer for Karen Rudys, the district’s interim assistant superintendent for human resources, said Valentino was informed multiple times about Martinez refusing to complete his background check but ignored those concerns. “This was a horrific breach of trust for the parents of APS,” Balderas told The Associated Press on Monday. He said his office planned to investigate Martinez’s hire and whether the district conducted necessary criminal background checks on other employees, but stopped short of saying if his office would seek criminal charges. Valentino, the Albuquerque superintendent, was selected for the superintendent post in June, and the school board plans to vote Thursday on whether he should be dismissed.

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