AURORA Sentinel| When a 14-year-old Prairie Middle School student told school officials that a social studies teacher was sexually abusing her, some of the school’s administrators and a counselor had their doubts.
And instead of telling local police about the accusations against Brian Vasquez, as required by state law, Arapahoe County prosecutors say the trio of administrators launched their own investigation.
That school-lead investigation included questioning the student with Vasquez present and repeatedly telling her that her accusations could ruin Vasquez’s family and career. They also told the girl Vasquez was a “valued teacher.”
After all that, prosecutors say the girl retracted her claims — despite the fact that investigators now say Vasquez had sexually abused that girl and several others over a four-year stretch.
School administrators eventually suspended the girl for what they deemed were false allegations. First, however, they made her apologize to Vasquez. And give him a hug. read more