The Bridgeton Board of Education administrative building.
Bridgeton Public Schools ExCEL Program Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Students
A longtime teacher with Bridgeton Public Schools has been arrested and charged with allegedly sexually assaulting two students more than a decade ago. The teacher has also been accused of recently attempting to bribe one of the victims into not contacting police about the alleged crimes.
50-year-old Isaias Garza allegedly forced two students from the ExCEL program to perform sex acts on him at one of the district’s school buildings and at their homes, according to authorities. These sexual assaults allegedly occurred several times between 2004 and 2008.
According to the charges, both victims were less than 13 years old. Authorities have not disclosed the genders of the victims. One of the charges also alludes to another assault on one of the victims when that student was between 13 and 16 years old.
Prosecutors have alleged that Garza contacted one of the now-adult victims several times and asked them not to speak to police about the sexual assaults, offering money for the victim to keep quiet. The victim shared a recording of one of those conversations with the police, the affidavit says.
Garza has been charged with multiple counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault, along with one count of second-degree official misconduct and one count of witness tampering.