Teacher accused of touching, raping minor

Jacob Jaurique, Grants teacher accused of touching and raping students

GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico high school teacher is accused of crossing the line with his students.

Police say he molested two of them and admitted to having sex with a third in a classroom. Now he’s charged with rape.

“Oh, I think it’s disgusting,” Linda Rael said.

The news out of Grants High School comes as a shock to parents.

“When accusations are brought, they need to be taken seriously,” Michelle Mace, a Grants High parent said.

State Police say 28-year-old Jacob Jaurique went way too far with some students.

“I don’t have the specific ages of the victims,” Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez with New Mexico State Police said. “All I can tell you is they are under the age of 18.”

According to a criminal complaint, Jaurique touched three girls and in one case, did a lot more.

State Police say it occurred between September and November of last year.

The first student came forward in January telling staff at Grants High School that Jaurique had touched her buttocks. Then, a second female student came forward saying the same thing. Finally, a third student told staff that she and Jaurique had sex in the school’s metal shop.

State Police say Jaurique worked in the shop as an unlicensed employee and was an assistant coach on the wrestling team.

“It hurts to see men like that do that to kids and especially little girls,” Rael said.

Jaurique was approached by police at a Smith’s in Grants on Wednesday and was later arrested.

Mace says she had heard something was going on and is frustrated it took so long to lock up Jaurique.

“I thought that whatever had been investigated had been take care of,” Mace said. “I didn’t know it was ongoing with him still teaching.”

“You know, sexual crimes against children are something that State Police takes very seriously and you know it’s not taken very lightly we do investigate these to the fullest extent of the law,” Lt. Gutierrez said.

Jaurique is facing two charges of criminal sexual contact of a minor and one count of criminal sexual penetration.

State Police say they don’t believe there are any other victims.

KRQE News 13 called the Grants Cibola County School District to find out if Jaurique still has a job. We were told we needed to talk to the superintendent who wouldn’t be in until next week.

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