Coolidge school officials speak out following arrests of ex-teachers for alleged sexual misconduct

COOLIDGE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- A teacher who worked in Coolidge now behind bars, accused of having sex with one of his students four times. The man, identified by officials with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office on Monday as 38-year-old Andrew Dale Hensley, had moved to North Carolina, but he is not a Coolidge school's only case of suspected sexual misconduct with a minor.

Hensley used to work at the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology (CAVIT). News of Hensley's arrest shocked locals.

"I'm just dumbfounded by that," said Steve Bowers. "At some point, how did he think that was OK?"

"You just have to keep an eye on students and all other staff," said Angela Quintana. "Sometimes, there are signals and we don't see them before it is too late."

Hensley's arrest came on the heels of the arrest last month of another former teacher at the same school. That person, identified as 31-year-old Brian Joseph Sharp, was arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a minor. Mike Glover, Superintendent of CAVIT, released a statement that reads:

"Andrew Hensley has not been employed with Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology (CAVIT) since June 2018. The District took immediate steps to remove Mr. Hensley from his position upon being contacted by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office regarding allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. The District complies with all state laws regarding employment of teachers, and Mr. Hensley held a valid fingerprint clearance card throughout his employment at CAVIT."

Hensley is expected to be extradited back to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office in the next week to two weeks.