Phoenix Elementary School Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing 4 Students
A Phoenix elementary school math teacher has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing at least four students in his classroom over the past two years. 49-year-old Manuel Gavina was arrested on Tuesday, December 10 and charged with three counts of sexual abuse.
According to court records, a 12-year-old girl reported that Gavina had touched her over her clothes multiple times during math class. She told him to stop, but she told police that the touching continued.
Two other victims who are now 14 years old have reported similar incidents of alleged abuse spanning the past two years. Court records say that all of these allegations were reported to school officials. However, the specific school where Gavina worked is not mentioned in these records.
When Gavina was arrested, he allegedly told police that he had touched a fourth student’s breasts and that she had complained about this conduct.
Court records also show that Gavina’s wife and a co-worker both confronted him about these allegations, but he confessed that the touching had not stopped. He told police that he allegedly groped students “hundreds of times.”