Middle School Teacher Arrested For Harassment Of Student
Wilfred Aguilar, a social studies and history teacher at Carlos F. Vigil Middle School was taken into custody by Rio Arriba County Sherriff’s deputies Monday, Nov. 30 at the middle school and released on bail Tuesday, Dec. 1.
An investigation into the alleged incidents that resulted in Mr. Aguilar’s arrest began Nov. 23 when Rio Arriba County Sherriff’s Deputy Mark A. Webb received a request from school officials to investigate a series of reported events. According to an arrest report filed by the Rio Arriba Sherriff’s office, Webb who serves as the police resource officer at Carlos F. Vigil Middle School, found credible evidence that a 12-year-old female student had been subjected to multiple incidents of physical pushing, stalking and sexually explicit comments by Aguilar.
The alleged incidents, which were separately witnessed by another teacher and a school security officer, began in September of this year with the most recent witnessed incident occurring Friday, Nov. 20. The Nov. 20 incident which had been witnessed by a school security guard triggered action at the school. The following Monday school officials informed Deputy Webb and the following day the student participated in a Safe House interview in Santa Fe with a Forensic Interviewer.
School staff who had reported witnessing the alleged incidents were interviewed separately by Deputy Webb. Several alleged incidents were documented including following the student, bumping her with shoulder, hips and kicking, and making sexually explicit statements to her.
Based on the information gathered Deputy Webb drafted an arrest warrant which was signed by Judge Joseph Madrid Nov. 25, after school had been dismissed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The following Monday morning Deputy Webb met with Aguilar in the police resource officer office during the first class period. Aguilar was read his Miranda Rights but signed a waiver. Aguilar denied the allegations stating that the student was “snippy” and describing her as a discipline issue.
Aguilar was taken into custody at the school and removed to the Sherriff’s office for booking where he was charged with multiple incidents of Battery, Stalking and Harassment. He was released the following day after posting a $5,000 cash bond.
When reached for comment Española Valley Public Schools Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez stated that she could not comment more on the nature or allegations around the charges, but confirmed that Aguilar has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district conducts an internal investigation. The results of that investigation shall be reported to the State’s Public Education Department.
Sherriff officials did confirm that Gutierrez authorized Deputy Webb to take possession of a laptop computer issued to Aguilar as part of the investigation.
Aguilar is employed as a social studies and history teacher at Carlos Vigil Middle School. Last year he served as principal of both Velarde and Dixon elementary schools. The case now goes to the district attorney’s office.