Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ex-Teacher Arraigned.(Journal North)

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer

* Man pleads not guilty after allegations of sexual contact by two Salazar Elementary students

Former Salazar Elementary School teacher Ernest Dominguez was not charged criminally after he was accused in 1998 of sexually abusing students at his former job at a Tucumcari elementary school because his young accusers there were overheard making fun of him and talking about how they would try to frame him, Dominguez's lawyer said in court.

A Santa Fe district judge arraigned Dominguez on Friday on 30 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor based on the accusations of two Salazar Elementary School students who are younger than 13. The alleged crimes against the Salazar Elementary students happened between May 16 and Nov. …

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