Principal suspended 14-year-old girl from school because she exposed a teacher who sexually assaulted her and classmatesBy Alexis Bell 8:21 AM January 12, 2018
Three school officials have been suspended after they kicked a 14-year-old girl out of school for exposing a teacher who sexually assaulted students, according to police in Colorado.
Aurora police said that 3 Cherry Creek School District administrators, including a principal and an assistant principal, have been charged with failure to report child abuse.
34-year-old Brian Vasquez, who was the teacher of the girl at the Prairie Middle School, was charged with 31 counts in connection with the sexual assault of at least 5 students.
The victim reported the abuse to Principal David Gonzales and Assistant Principal AJ MacIntosh, but instead of immediately calling the police, they conducted their own investigation.
The three school officials then pressured the girl to recant her story because they did not want to ruin the life of Vasquez.
Vasquez also met with the girl and told her how his career would be ruined if she told anyone about the abuse.
The girl was then suspended from school despite recanting her story.
Vasquez was accused of sending nude photos of himself to students.
He also sexually abused at least 5 students.
Police believe that there are more victims who have not yet come forward.
Cheryl Somers-Wegienka, who was the counselor at the Prairie Middle School at the time of the incident, was also charged with failing to report child abuse.
Vasquez taught social studies at the school.