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Regional Report: Yuma County, AZ, Sexual Abuse & Negligent Supervision

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Estey Bomberger reviews and monitors news stories and reports of crime and lawsuits involving public and private schools nationwide. The following reports are for schools located in Yuma County, AZ. If your child has been sexually abused or negligently supervised and you would like more information about your options or rights in a civil suit, contact us for a free consultation.

  • HARVEST PREPARATORY ACADEMY
    350 E 18th St, Yuma, AZ 85364
    Gabriel Macias, a former fifth grade teacher at Harvest Preparatory Academy and third grade teacher at Desert Sonora Elementary School in Somerton, was arrested in August 2013 after a police investigation revealed he had molested three boys between 2003 and 2006. Further investigation determined Macias had victimized five additional boys during the same period, including three boys at Harvest Preparatory Academy. Macias was arrested on the new charges in April 2014. In  May 2015, Macias was convicted of 17 of the 18 charges against him, including seven counts of furnishing harmful items to minors, four counts of molestation of a child, one count of sexual assault, one count of sexual abuse, one count of child prostitution, one count of sexual conduct with a minor, one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of aggravated assault with sexual motivation. He was sentenced to life in prison in July 2015. News Source: Yuma Sun

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