A former teacher for the Española and Santa Fe school districts who has been accused of sexually abusing students in at least two states faces new allegations by a former student from Española in a federal lawsuit filed this week.
The 47-page complaint — which identifies the girl as Jane Doe — charges Gary Gregor, 59, with “physically, sexually, mentally, and emotionally abusing” the girl during the 2007-08 school year. It repeats many of the same allegations made in a similar state District Court complaint filed against Gregor in 2014 by two other girls in the same fourth-grade class. The previous case was settled out of court recently, said Albuquerque attorney Cammie Nichols, who represents all three girls.
The new case, filed in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico in Albuquerque, alleges Gregor asked Jane Doe to go into a closet with him, where he told her that he wanted to kiss her and touched her on her inner thighs and genital area. The suit also claims he bought the girl a cellphone and would call her on it when she was at home.
He gave her other gifts, as well, the suit says, and repeatedly told the girl, “I love you.”
The federal suit, like the state case filed in 2014, says the girl and her younger sisters spent the night at Gregor’s house at least once while his wife was present, and that he invited the girl into his bedroom.
“Defendant Gregor’s conduct shocks the conscience,” the suit states.
The suit also names the Española school district and former Fairview Elementary School Principal Ruby Montoya as defendants, saying they failed to investigate Gregor at the time and did not place him on administrative leave until May 2009.
In 2010, the state Public Education Department filed a notice that it was considering taking action against Gregor and refused to renew his teaching license. He appealed the department’s decision the following year but was unsuccessful. At that time, a department spokesman said Gregor would never again receive a license to teach in New Mexico.
Gregor began teaching second grade in the Española district in 2006. Between 2001 and 2004, he taught at Ortiz Middle School and the now closed Agua Fría Elementary School in Santa Fe.
The suit says Gregor was charged with sexual abuse and lewdness in 1995 in Utah, but the case was dismissed by a judge who said the conduct did not rise to the level of a criminal act. It also claims he faced accusations of sexual misconduct while he was teaching in the Santa Fe district and in Montana.
Albuquerque attorney Henry Narvaez, who represented Gregor in the 2014 case, said Gregor has not retained him to represent him on the new case. Narvaez said he had not seen the new lawsuit yet and thus could not comment.
A phone call to Española Public Schools regarding the case was not returned Tuesday and efforts to reach a representative from that school district on Wednesday were unsuccessful.
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