Texts And Background Checks: APS Leaders Under Scrutiny

Aug 25, 2015

Governor Susana Martinez has ordered a review of background check policies in all New Mexico school districts after a man with pending criminal charges was hired into a top administrative post in Albuquerque. 

A judge in Colorado issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for former Albuquerque Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez . He is scheduled to go to trial in Denver in October on charges of sexually abusing two children.

Joey Peters has been covering this story as Senior Reporter for NMpoliticalreport.com. He broke the news of Martinez’s criminal trial last week. KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel asked him to give us some history and context.

Peters says it started with a conflict between APS Chief Financial Officer Don Moya and Martinez when he was still on staff at APS in early August.