Anthony Alvarez, a 40-year-old former assistant principal at Arvada High School, was arrested after his wife discovered sexually explicit messages he exchanged with a 15-year-old high school student on Facebook and forced her husband to turn himself in, according to the Arvada police arrest affidavit. Alvarez was arrested on charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
According to the arrest affidavit, the girl said that she and Alvarez have had a relationship for six to eight months and that she felt that Alvarez was "blackmailing" her. The 15-year-old student had known Alvarez since she was in the seventh grade at Everett Middle School. The girl describes in detail the sexual acts Alvarez asked her to perform. She claims that Alvarez would touch her chest and butt on occasion, and once, he showed her his erection in his office.
He didn't think he would be handling tenure cases until two weeks into the job, when a teacher was accused of sexual activities with students. Mr. Smith launched tenure charges to strip the teacher of her license at the same time she was facing criminal charges.
In one recent case, a teacher resigned more than a year after being arrested for purchasing drugs from a former student. The teachers union paid for the teacher's legal representation, as is the case generally when teachers are accused of wrongdoing. The teacher got paid for most of the time between his arrest in April 2009 and his resignation in June 2010.