School leaders indicted for not reporting student’s sexual abuse claims

AURORA, Colo. -- An 11-page indictment is disclosing new details about three Cherry Creek School District administrators who are accused of not reporting a student’s sexual abuse claims.

The indictment names Prairie Middle School principal David Gonzales, assistant principal A.J. MacIntosh and former counselor Cheryl Somers-Wegienka.

According to the indictment, in 2013, the 14-year-old student told MacIntosh that she had a sexual relationship with social studies teacher Brian Vasquez.

State law and the district’s policy states employees must report those claims to the county or local law enforcement.

But according to the indictment, “Rather than notify law enforcement or social services, MacIntosh conducted an investigation into the allegations.”

The indictment said MacIntosh told Vasquez, about what the girl -- identified only as CV – claimed.

Then he “proceeded to meet with CV and impress upon her the devastating effects her disclosure would have on his career and family.”

“MacIntosh asked CV to reconsider her disclosure, in light of the affect it would have on the perpetrator, Vasquez," according to the indictment.

The indictment adds Gonzales, MacIntosh Somers-Wegienka and others had a disciplinary hearing with the student in front of Vasquez, where she recanted and was suspended from school.

When she returned, the indictment said she “was made to apologize to Vasquez, and hug him at the end of the meeting.”

The indictment also said Vasquez admits to sexually abusing more girls after the 14-year-old in 2013. Law enforcement sources said they believe he abused four more girls.

Cherry Creek Schools superintendent Harry Bull and school board members declined to comment. Gonzales and MacIntosh also refused to talk.

Vasquez was arrested in August and fired from the school district last year.