Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ex-Principal Accused of Sex Crime.(New Mexico & Metro)

Byline: The Associated Press

Female Students Allege Contact

CLOUDCROFT The former principal of Cloudcroft High School has been charged with improperly touching three female students.

James Edgar "Eddy" Coleman, 54, was charged Monday with three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, a third-degree felony. The complaint alleges he intentionally touched or applied force to "the intimate parts" of three teen-age girls last January and February.

Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said Coleman's actions were misinterpreted.

"There was no sex involved in this case" and no prior criminal history, Mitchell said Friday.

Deputy District Attorney Canon Stevens said Coleman touched the girls with his hands. …

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