(VIDEO) Albuquerque, NM – Kindergarten Teachers Aide arrested with Meth in school FREE TO GO under NM Bail Reform

A kindergarten teachers aide at a North Valley charter school was arrested for bringing meth to the school, scattering it on the ground, and then ingesting it from a water bottle.

Fernandez Pizarro-Hernandez, 48, was charged with drug possession at a school, child abuse and tampering with evidence.

Pizarro-Hernandez was released and FREE TO GO under NM Bail Reform after the Arnold Foundation’s “Pretrial Risk Assessment” tool determined that he was not a danger to the community or a flight risk and therefore should not be subject to any accountable release – just a “promise” to appear.

Despite proponents of the new court rules that claim judges retain discretion during criminal release proceedings, the comments of Judge Renee Torres say otherwise…

“I know the charges are concerning,” she said. “However, I am following the Arnold assessment tool and that is a release on your own recognizance.”

The release is the result of newly enacted Supreme Court guidelines orchestrated by Chief Justice Daniels that virtually eliminates accountable pretrial release and bail.


New Mexico Bail Reform, Risk Assessments, and Pretrial Services

Chief Justice Charles Daniels

  • ZERO Accountability
  • ZERO Deterrent
  • ZERO Supervision
  • ZERO concern for victims
  • ZERO Bail…just a “pinky promise” to return
  • Bail Reform – Dangerous, Reckless, and a Taxpayer Burden

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Teacher’s aide arrested for bringing drugs to school, deputies say

(reported by KOB4 – Nov 22 2017)

Deputies say a kindergarten teacher’s aide brought meth to a North Valley charter school, scattered on the drug on the ground and then ingested it.

According to a criminal complaint, 48-year-old Fernandez Pizarro-Hernandez admitted he brought the drugs to school and then he tried to hide the evidence by spilling some on the ground and then eating the rest. Deputies wound up taking him to the hospital for possible meth ingestion.

Pizarro-Hernandez faced a judge Wednesday morning on charges of drug possession at a school, child abuse and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors asked Judge Renee Torres for pre-trial supervision.

“His judgment was severely wrong here in bringing methamphetamine around children,” the prosecutor said. “If one of those little children had picked that up and taken that, we could be dealing with a severely ill child or deceased child. And I can’t imagine that our community wants to tolerate that, so he needs to be watched.”

Torres released Pizarro-Hernandez on the conditions that he stays away from schools and gets drug tested.

“I know the charges are concerning,” she said. “However, I am following the Arnold assessment tool and that is a release on your own recognizance.”

The complaint states Pizarro-Hernandez admitted to bringing a bag of meth to the North Valley Academy Charter School, where he works as a kindergarten teacher’s aide.

The complaint states a kindergarten teacher found a small Ziplock bag, containing the drug after it fell out of Pizarro-Hernandez’s belongings he left near the playground after taking the kindergarteners back to class. The kindergarten teacher immediately alerted the principal.

According to the complaint, Pizarro-Hernandez told deputies “he tore open the bag while walking [to the office] spilling some of the contents on the ground. Most of the larger pieces fell out but some of the powder was left in the bag.”

The document states that while waiting in the office for deputies to arrive, Pizarro-Hernandez said he put the bag with the remaining powder in a water bottle and then drank it. Deputies said a piece that had fallen out before did test positive for meth.

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