Former Teacher Found Guilty Of Harassment

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<p>Gilberto Huerta</p>

A former Greenwood teacher accused of misdemeanor harassment of a student was found guilty Wednesday, April 23, according to attorney for the prosecution, Mike Hamby. The case was presided over by Judge Wagoner in Greenwood. No jury was required, but if the case is brought to Circuit Court on appeal, a jury trial is possible.

Gilberto Huerta, 52, of Greenwood taught Spanish at Greenwood Junior High School before he resigned Feb. 19 in the wake of a Greenwood Police investigation into allegations made by a 15-year-old female student. Huerta had been employed by the district for four years, according to district officials.

Investigators arrested Huerta on the misdemeanor charge on Feb. 21.

Huerta received a 10-day jail sentence, which was suspended, and was ordered to pay $1,120 in $100 monthly installments beginning May 23.

According to a police report by Greenwood Officer Jeffrey Neal Fugatt, the girl alleged that during class the teacher said suggestive things and bit her ear. Several students testified during the trial, both for the defense and the prosecution.

According to the report, Huerta denied having any physical contact with the student.

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