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Teacher remains on paid leave

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By David Giuliani

An eastside teacher who allegedly sexually abused a student remains on paid leave, a top official said this week.

Sup-erintendent Rick Romero said the Las Vegas City Schools district has been in contact with its attorneys about Jay Quintana, a teacher and coach at Robertson High School.

“When we feel we have enough information based on the investigation, then we’ll make a determination,” Romero said. “Jay Quintana will remain on leave until we feel that we have have completed a thorough investigation.”

A tort claim was filed with the district earlier this year informing it of allegations against Quintana, who has worked for the district for more than 15 years.

Named as possible defendants in the case are Quintana himself, Superintendent Romero, the City Schools, Athletic Director Mike Yara, former Robertson Principal Richard Lopez and Quintana’s wife, LeeEtte Quintana, the associate superintendent.

According to the tort claim notice, Quintana sexually abused a student from 2002 to 2007, throughout her school years and thereafter on school property. The abuse started when she was around 14, the notice states.

The female victim is 20 now, according to the notice.

The notice states that the other possible defendants failed to adequately supervise Quintana and negligently hired, trained and supervised him.

According to the notice, the girl suffered severe and extreme emotional distress and psychological harm.

The notice was filed in January, and Quintana was placed on leave two weeks later.

Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said his agency is actively investigating the case and consulting with the district attorney’s office.