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Student allegation of assault lodged against Mabton High School teacher

MABTON – The Mabton Police Department has formally requested assault fourth degree charges against a Mabton teacher.

The police department was on Oct. 18 alerted to allegations that the teacher had assaulted a 14-year-old student.

Both Mabton Superintendent of Schools Minerva Morales and Mabton Police Sgt. Cas Cedillo confirmed the complaint was made to school officials on Oct. 16.

Cedillo said the student alleges the teacher physically assaulted the student while in class, striking the student in the face after a verbal argument. The complaint was brought to the attention of the police department on Friday, Oct. 18.

“The Mabton Police Department actively investigated the allegation at the request of the school district,” Cedillo said, stating he conducted a number of interviews.

“The matter was investigated as a criminal case,” said Cedillo, adding the teacher in question has invoked his union rights.

Morales confirmed there has been an allegation of assault. “It is a personnel issue and it is under investigation,” she said.

Morales said she met with the teacher and a union representative was present for the meeting.

The teacher was placed on administrative leave, according to Morales.

“Once I receive the (police) report, I will be in a better place to determine what I can and will disclose,” she said.

Cedillo said, “Over the course of this investigation there were a number of cooperating witnesses that came forward and provided voluntary statements.”

He said cooperation from the alleged victim and the teacher, as well as the witnesses made “…it fairly easy to conclude the finding of facts.”

The case was forwarded to the Sunnyside Municipal Court for processing and arraignment.

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