Vista PEAK teacher arrested in connection with Arizona sex crime allegations

Mark Lindrud, via Aurora Police Department

AURORA | A teacher at Vista PEAK High School in Aurora was arrested Wednesday in connection with sex crimes against minors in Arizona in 2002 and 2003, according to information from Aurora police and the city of Oro Valley, Arizona.

Mark Lindrud, 49, was arrested on a warrant out of Arizona for numerous counts of sexual contact with a minor and sexual abuse of a minor, a news release from the department said. Officers with the Oro Valley, Arizona police department assisted in the arrest.

Lindrud has been placed on administrative leave from APS, the release said. The district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to a news release from the Oro Valley Police Department, Lindrud allegedly had sexual contact with a 14-year-old student while he was a teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley in 2002 and 2003.

He is facing charges of three counts of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15, a class 2 felony; one count of sexual abuse of a minor, a class 3 felony and 17 counts of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 18, a class 6 felony.

“Lindrud is currently being held in lieu of a $1 million bond while awaiting extradition from the Aurora Detention Center to Pima County,” the release said.

A LinkedIn profile for a user named Mark Lindred says that Lindrud has taught Spanish at Vista PEAK since 2018, and he lists previous employment at a number of schools in the Denver area.

“During the course of the investigation, it was also learned that Mr. Lindrud has worked at more than eight Denver metro area schools in his 20 year tenure as a teacher,” the APD release said. “It is believed that there may be victims of crimes involving Mr. Lindrud who have not reported to police. The Aurora Police Department wants the public to know that it is safe to report crimes involving Mr. Lindrud.”

The public can report crimes to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 year ago

. . . and then there are those who somehow manage to get jobs as teachers.