Top Stories of 2008: District 51 Teachers and Staff Under Fire for Innappropriate Behavior

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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In 2008, several Mesa County District 51 teachers and staff faced the music after inappropriate behavior towards students.

In February, Central High School coach Matt Lindholm resigned after it became known that he was under investigation for sexual assault on one of his students. As a part of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to attempted sex assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as part of a plea deal.

In June, former Grand Junction High athletic director Johnny Walker who allegedly got caught up in an internet sting by propositioning someone posing as an underage girl, changed his guilty plea. In July, he was allowed to work on a friends farm where he would be in contact with underage children.

In July Nefi Madrigal , a former Orchard Mesa Middle School employee plead guilty promotion of obscenity to a minor, claiming that "he didn't see another way out". As part of Madrigal's sentence he had to register as a sex offender, go through a treatment program and do community service. Because of the conviction, he faced deportation.

In October, Michael Morrow, a teachers aide freshly hired for Grand Mesa Middle School went to jail after Federal investigators claimed he had download over 13,000 images of child pornography.

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