Rio Grande High School employee accused of rape appears in court

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Luis Chavez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The debate coach at Rio Grande High School accused of raping a former student made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Deputies arrested 36-year-old Luis Chavez Tuesday after a 17-year-old boy reported having an ongoing sexual relationship with Chavez that started on a school trip to Phoenix.

Tuesday, the judge released Chavez on his own recognizance saying he doesn’t believe he’s a flight risk.

Chavez can’t have any contact with the alleged victim and must wear a GPS monitor.

Chavez, who has worked at Rio Grande as an educational assistant since 2013, has been fired. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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