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Mountain Ridge High School teacher accused of inappropriate relationship, Peoria police say

Posted at 12:43 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 18:20:21-05

GLENDALE, AZ — Peoria police are investigating reports of an inappropriate relationship between a student and a teacher at Mountain Ridge High School.

Officials have not released the name of the teacher being investigated.

Police say they are unable to release further information about the incident, citing the need to protect the integrity of the investigation.

In a letter sent to parents on Thursday afternoon, the Deer Valley Unified School District said in part, "A Mountain Ridge teacher is currently on an approved leave of absence connected to an ongoing Peoria Police Department investigation. The District is cooperating fully with Peoria Police on its investigation. We are unable to provide any further information at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation and all involved."

This marks the second time in less than a month that a Mountain Ridge teacher has been the subject of a police investigation.

On Feb. 1, head football coach and teacher Vincent Ciliberti was arrested on suspicion of luring a minor for sex, according to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office booking records. The 35-year-old was reportedly communicating with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old boy on a messaging app.