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Former high school teacher convicted of raping student

March 22, 2019

TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M. (AP) — A former teacher at a northern New Mexico high school has been convicted of raping a student.

The 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced that jurors late Thursday convicted Miguel G. Garcia of two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor and five counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

District Attorney Marco Serna says Garcia sexually assaulted the student between 2012 and 2013 when he taught at Mesa Vista High School in Ojo Caliente.

Garcia faces up to 13.5 years in prison on each count. A sentencing hearing was set for May 6.