Report: teacher's sexual abuse caught on camera

Published: Oct. 31, 2016 at 5:50 PM MST|Updated: Oct. 31, 2016 at 9:58 PM MST
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Eddie Rodriquez. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Eddie Rodriquez. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Eddie Rodriguez, a teacher at Cholla Magnet High School in Tucson, is charged with sexual abuse.

He is accused of sexual contact with a 15-year-old student at the school, according to Tucson Police.

There is video surveillance of the situation, according to the interim complaint filed by investigators. It states that Rodriguez reached out and touched the student's breast.

It happened on Monday, October 17, according to police. The student told investigators about two other times that Rodriguez made her feel uncomfortable, according to the court record.

When administrators received a complaint, they opened an investigation immediately and contacted police, according to a statement from Tucson Unified School District.

Rodriguez was arrested on Wednesday, October 26.

As of Monday, October 31, neither police investigators nor school administrators could provide the date or time that police were involved in the investigation.

Tucson Unified School District has a policy in place for anytime abuse against a student is reported.

It essentially outlines how teachers and staff should handle the student involved and the information that he or she provides.

Both 911 and a Department of Child Services hotline are called first, followed by the Arizona Department of Education if the accused is a certified teacher.

Administrators like principals and assistant principals who would be involved in protecting the child are to be notified after those initial phone calls, according to the policy.

School personnel should not provide information about any allegations, according to the policy. Instead, it requires employees to direct parents to either law enforcement or DCS for information.

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