A Las Vegas teenager accused of beating and sexually assaulting his teacher last week appeared in court on Tuesday morning.
Jonathan Eluterio Martinez Garcia, 16, is facing a total of 15 charges, including four counts of attempted murder, seven counts of sex-crime-related battery, and counts of sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery and burglary, records show.
“This kind of behavior will not be accepted, our teachers and our school administrators and our staffers need to be safe in our schools,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told reporters on Tuesday following Martinez Garcia’s court appearance. “Part of this is sending a message that this kind of violence is not going to be tolerated.”
Las Vegas police said that the teenager beat and sexually assaulted the woman after he had gone to a classroom to discuss his grades.
The teenager was arrested about 1 mile away from the school and booked into the Clark County Detention Center, initially on only six charges. On Monday, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said his office reviewed the case and decided to ultimately charge Martinez Garcia with 15 charges. Of the four attempted murder counts, one is for attempted murder with a charging cord and one is for attempted murder with scissors, Wolfson said.
Martinez Garcia’s bail was set at $500,000 on Friday, court records show.
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