Nov 14, 2013 8:04 PM by Erika Flores

71-year-old security guard resigns after accused of kissing 15-year-old student

VAIL - The Vail School District is dealing with allegations of two inappropriate relationships.

One was at Cienega High School the other at Andrada Polytechnic High School.

At Cienega High School, 71-year-old Eric Oswald, who was a security guard, is accused of kissing a 15-year-old girl several times.

The first time was when she was 14 years old.

According to investigators, the school found out in October but Oswald and the girl both denied it at first.

Then the teen later admitted it to the school.

According to the sheriff's office, she said she put a stop to the kissing because classmates were talking about it.

She said she had a special relationship with the 71-year-old but inappropriate touching was not involved.

The other case stems from Andrada Polytechnic High School where a female teacher allegedly developed an inappropriate relationship with a male student.

The district said these cases are disheartening.

They said they did conduct background checks before hiring the two, but no red flags came up.

"We take the safety and well being of students extremely serious. Our threshold is our own students our own children. My own two children go to school here and we strive to create an environment where we would place our own kids and that is what is of utmost Importance to us," said Assistant Superintendent John Carruth.

No arrests have been made in the Andrada case, but the teacher is on administrative leave.

As for Oswald, he was cited and released for contributing to delinquency of a minor.

"The problem is a 71 year old should know better than to have a relationship of that nature with a 15-year-old student. I mean he is there to protect the school grounds as well as the children," said Sheriff's deputy Tracy Suitt. "He's in a position of authority, and to have a relationship with a 15 year old that evolves to where there is kissing is inappropriate."

Oswald has resigned, and the district said he has not had contact with staff or students since October.


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