Jan. 19, 2005 - A Mountain View High School hall monitor faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after being arrested by detectives from the Pima County sheriff's department Jan. 13.
A 17-year-old female student reported to her counselor that Daniel Mena Jr. kissed her, touched her leg and held her hand during an incident that allegedly occurred Jan. 11 off school grounds, police said.
School officials confirmed that Mena, 33, was hired April 8, 2003, to fill a part-time custodial position at Marana High School and became a full-time hall monitor at Mountain View High School May 27 that year.
Mena officially resigned Jan. 13, said Tamara Crawley, spokeswoman for the Marana Unified School District.
"Mountain View administration responded immediately and appropriately to the situation," she said. "We followed all the mandatory reporting guidelines and collaborated with local law enforcement."
Principal Richard Faidley said Mena was one of four hall monitors at MVHS, each of which perform similar duties such as patrolling the perimeter of campus, delivering messages to classrooms and accepting deliveries from companies such as UPS.
Faidley said he knew Mena very well on a professional level and that Mena worked closely with the administration.
"It's disappointing that we're in this situation with that employee," Faidley said. "People at times make decisions outside of the work environment that we don't control and, if it impacts the safety of our students, we act swiftly."
Pima County sheriff's department officials did not respond to a public records request as of press time, so further details of the incident were not available.
Dawn Barkman, public information officer for the sheriff's department, said Jan. 14 that Mena already had been released from custody.
Both Crawley and Faidley upheld what they called an "intensive" background checking process the district follows whenever hiring new employees to the district.
"We go through an intensive interview process where we screen applicants," Faidley said. "We do background checks, talk to former employees … we have a lot of measures in place to make sure that we hire people that are well-recommended."