Amphitheater SD releases statement on accused teacher

Robert Brush (Source: Facebook)
Robert Brush (Source: Facebook)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Robert Brush stayed silent and nodded today as the judge ruled he can't have any unsupervised contact with minors, no contact with his alleged victim and he isn't allowed to return to the high school where he taught for just under a year.

He's on administrative leave after being charged with one count of sexual misconduct with a female student, a class 2 felony.

"And the reason that it's such a high level of felony is because he holds such a high level of trust under the guise of Arizona revised statute," said Lt. Kara Riley with the Oro Valley Police Department.

OVPD started looking into Brush's case in March after a tip came in from a school resource officer.

Brush was put on administrative leave for several days, but no arrest was made because there wasn't enough evidence.

"What we were able to gather in March, we were able to verify things were occurring. The initial report was validated and we basically verified all that was actually true and we were able to kind of put the pieces of the puzzle together."

Brush is just the latest case for the Amphi district. In the past year or so, there have been several.

"Obviously, this is going to be a topic we're going to need to address come fall. We'll work in conjunction with the Amphitheater School District and the teachers and administrations of all our schools."

"A little disturbing," said one Ironwood Ridge parent, Omar Mendivil. "You figure they would screen the teachers before coming in. They have background checks on everything. It's unbelievable."

The Amphitheater Schools District released the attached statement regarding Brush.

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