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Jun 5, 2013 9:09 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Charges dropped in Ironwood Ridge H.S. teacher sex case

ORO VALLEY - Charges have been dropped for an Ironwood Ridge teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

Robert Brush, 31, was arrested May 16 when police gathered enough evidence to believe the inappropriate relationship had been going on since as early as January of this year.

According to Ironwood Ridge officials, Brush was put on administrative leave two times during his first year of teaching at the school.

Police received new information in May that led to Brush's arrest. Detectives say he admitted to the victim's father he had a sexual relationship with his daughter. However, the case was dismissed by the County Attorney's office pending further review.

"That's really significant because that tells me that there's at least issues that [the prosecution had] that they feel are worthy of looking into... and not going to proceed with an indictment," said Rafael Gallego, Brush's attorney.

While the school's administration has not decided what they will do moving forward, some students think Brush should not be allowed to step foot on campus again.

"Even though he's been cleared, I don't think that he should come back because it's just bad to have a person like that working at a school," said student Marcus Maestas.

Gallego said his client did nothing illegal and if new charges are brought up, they look forward to fighting them in court.

"[Brush] is temporarily relieved, but we're still holding our breath and hopeful that the state doesn't pursue this any further," Gallego said.

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