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9:02 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Alamogordo teacher under investigation

KRWG News – ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (krwg) Alamogordo authorities say a band teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexual contact with a female student.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Israel R. Trujillo says 30-year-old Daniel B. Hale was booked on two counts of fourth-degree felony criminal sexual contact of a minor girl and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Trujillo tells the Alamogordo Daily News detectives are still investigating.

The Alamogordo High School teacher was arrested Wednesday and is being held on a $150,000 bond in the Otero County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing March 16.

Alamogordo Public Schools spokesman Doyle Syling says Hale was placed on leave.

Police say they received a tip that led to their investigation of Hale.

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Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com

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