Regional
10:37 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Teacher Charged With Sexual Contact With Student

Las Cruces – A Hatch Valley Middle School science teacher has been indicted on charges he sent sexually explicit messages to one of his students over an eight-month period.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports 50-year-old John Hesse of Las Cruces allegedly had "sexual contact" with the 14-year-old girl at least twice.

Hesse's attorney Jess Lilley says the alleged "sexual contact" is believed to be inappropriate touching.

Hesse was arrested May 3 and briefly jailed before being released on bond. He is also charged with soliciting a minor via electronic device and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office says the girl's mother found evidence of the relationship and was able to determine the person was actually her daughter's teacher.

___

Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.