Charges Dropped Against Teacher Assistant

Prosecutors in Santa Fe are dropping charges against a former teacher’s assistant accused of molesting one of his students.

Sergio Muterperl (Mudder-pearl) was indicted last year on seven counts, including sexual penetration of a minor, for allegedly abusing a nine- year-old girl while he was working at Atalaya Elementary School. Officials say the charges were dropped because the victim’s mother believed testifying against Muterperl would be too traumatizing for her daughter. Prosecutors say the charges can be re-filed if the victim later decides to testify.