Former teacher’s aide takes plea deal in rape case

GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – A former kindergarten teacher’s aide in Gallup accused of raping a 6-year-old student has taken a plea deal.

Paul Thompson was accused of attacking the girl in a bathroom at Rocky View Elementary school back in 2011.

According to Thompson’s attorney, he entered an Alford plea Wednesday, which mean he recognizes there’s enough evidence to convict him but maintains his innocence.

Under the deal Thompson’s six year sentence was suspended.

He has already spent a year and a half on house arrest.

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