Former Spanish tutor accused of sexual assault faces new charges

- A former after-school Spanish tutor accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl faces new charges

According to court officials, Ricardo Mata was indicted Monday, April 30, on two more indecent liberties charges. Prosecutors say the new charges are related to the same incidents at Eastover Elementary that Mata is already charged with.

Mata, 52, is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl two different times at Eastover Elementary School in the fall of 2017. His traveling Spanish program used Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to teach children Spanish after school. 

The young girl claims Mata sexually assaulted her during "lockdown drills" where he would "turn out the lights" in the room and make noises like a "fire alarm" and "all the kids had to be quiet." 

Mata was already in jail charged with a separate sexual assault on a child at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Dilworth last summer. He was arrested in mid-March after a 7-year-old girl and her parents came forward with the accusation.

CMS says it is making improvements to program safety as a result of Mata's arrest. 


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