Map: Morris K. Udall School
PHOENIX -- A Phoenix teacher is accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with two of his former students.
The Phoenix Police Department on Thursday arrested 41-year-old Carlos Pineda Borja, a math teacher at Morris K. Udall School near Roosevelt Street and 37th Avenue. Police say he was still employed at the time of the arrest but was not taken into custody at the school.
Police say the alleged misconduct occurred in his classroom during school hours in the 2012-2013 academic year. The female students were both 14 years old at the time.
Borja was booked into Maricopa County Jail and charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, one count of child molestation and one count of sexual abuse.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151. To remain anonymous, call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or, for Spanish, 480-TESTIGO.
Isaac School District declined to answer questions because of the ongoing investigation, but sent a letter home to parents Thursday.
Letter to parents from Isaac School District:
January 23, 2014
In an effort to provide accurate information to the school community, I want to inform you of a sensitive situation. Recently, concerns were brought to the attention of Isaac administrators regarding a potentially inappropriate behavior on the part of a teacher toward some students. The school district immediately initiated a thorough inquiry into the concerns and took the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of students.
In accordance with state law, the district also forwarded the concerns to other state and local agencies authorized to receive such reports. Early this morning, after conducting an independent, objective and impartial investigation into the concerns, the Phoenix Police Department decided there was sufficient evidence to arrest Mr. Carlos Borja for sexual misconduct with a minor that occurred during the 2012-2013 school year.
We understand the concerns and questions you or your child may have about the foregoing reports and subsequent developments. As a school district, we are deeply troubled by any report that a teacher may have engaged in inappropriate behavior. Therefore, the school district will continue to cooperate fully with the Phoenix Police Department during its investigation. In the meantime, we will have a team of counselors available to assist staff and students with any concerns they may have. Please be assured that protecting the welfare of all students and providing a safe, secure learning environment is our first priority. These actions are not indicative of the great teachers and staff at our schools.
School Operations Manager
Morris K. Udall