Teacher, 4 students charged after Pueblo assault
PUEBLO, Colorado ” Prosecutors have filed charges against a high school teacher and four students after an assault that left a sophomore with a broken jaw and a few teeth knocked out.
Pueblo West High physical education teacher and baseball coach Daniel R. Sanchez was charged with reckless endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A phone listing for Sanchez could not be found.
District Attorney Bill Thiebaut said he would not name the students who were charged or their charges because they are juveniles.
A summons filed in district court Tuesday stated that Sanchez was accused of encouraging two students to commit third-degree assault. Sanchez was accused of seeking retaliation after a freshman was hit in the head with a football Dec. 12, allegedly by two students who were accused of harassing the freshman for months.
The next day, the sophomore boy was assaulted in a school hallway, according to reports from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department.
Students who were accused of hitting the sophomore told investigators they thought the sophomore had been harassing the freshman, according to sheriff’s office reports obtained by The Pueblo Chieftain. However the sophomore denied throwing the football, the newspaper reported.
In January, the District 70 school board expelled two students for up to 365 days for their involvement in the assault. A third student was suspended for allegedly throwing the football at the freshman.
Sanchez, who is on paid leave, was due to appear in court March 10.
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