Sex Crimes

Albuquerque board accepts resignation of schools chief who hired official accused of sex abuse

  • FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, file booking photo provided by the Denver District Attorney’s Office, shows Jason Martinez. New Mexico's largest school district hired Martinez as a high-level administrator, but Martinez was charged in Colorado with felony sexual assault on a child involving two victims. Martinez abruptly resigned in early August 2015 and was rearrested recently for violating the terms of his bond in the Colorado case. (Denver District Attorney’s Office via AP, File)

    FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, file booking photo provided by the Denver District Attorney’s Office, shows Jason Martinez. New Mexico's largest school district hired Martinez as a high-level administrator, but Martinez was charged in Colorado with felony sexual assault on a child involving two victims. Martinez abruptly resigned in early August 2015 and was rearrested recently for violating the terms of his bond in the Colorado case. (Denver District Attorney’s Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, file photo, Albuquerque Public Schools board president Don Duran, left, and board member Analee Maestas, right, announce that the board would delay a final decision on embattled superintendent Luis Valentino, in Albuquerque, N.M. The board is scheduled to decide Valentino's future, on Monday, Aug. 31, following the hiring of an administrator facing child sex abuse charges. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, file photo, Albuquerque Public Schools board president Don Duran, left, and board member Analee Maestas, right, announce that the board would delay a final decision on embattled superintendent Luis Valentino, in Albuquerque, N.M. The board is scheduled to decide Valentino's future, on Monday, Aug. 31, following the hiring of an administrator facing child sex abuse charges. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protest sign sits after Albuquerque schools board members announced Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M. that Superintendent Luis Valentino would resign following his hiring of an administrator charged with child sex abuse. Valentino had been schools chief for only two months. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

    A protest sign sits after Albuquerque schools board members announced Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M. that Superintendent Luis Valentino would resign following his hiring of an administrator charged with child sex abuse. Valentino had been schools chief for only two months. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)  (The Associated Press)

The board that oversees New Mexico's largest school district has unanimously voted to accept the resignation of its embattled superintendent, who hired an administrator charged with child sex abuse.

Board members voted on Luis Valentino's fate Monday following a controversy that has enveloped Albuquerque Public Schools just two months after he became its superintendent.

Valentino hired Jason Martinez to head the troubled district's instruction and technology division. But the district never completed its background check on Martinez, who was charged two years ago in Colorado with sex assault felonies involving two children.

Martinez has resigned.

Valentino became superintendent in June and hired Martinez before he took over.