CREATED May. 23, 2013
ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Police are building their case against a high school teacher they say had an “inappropriate relationship” with his student. New court documents reveal part of why the Oro Valley teacher faces one count of “sexual conduct with a minor.”
The new records reveal the father of the minor and a classmate both told police, when questioned, that Robert Brush had a sexual relationship with the 17 year old. She was also one of his students.
Brush, 30, taught marketing at Ironwood Ridge High School. He’d been on the job less than a year, according to Amphitheater School District.
Search warrants show investigators are looking through cell phone and email records because they know of calls, texts and emails between Brush and the student.
Officers cited one email they already have that was sent from the student’s account to Brush’s. It read: "I don't know (how) to get a hold of you, please write back -- xoxo."
When police arrested Brush last week, his cell phone wasn't working. He told officers his phone and his wife’s had been "...dropped into water by their four year old the night before."
When police approached the student, detectives wrote her “phone does not turn on and the SIM card has been removed."
Both Brush and the student "...refused to talk to detectives” last week.
“We have allegations. We have innuendos -- just based on us gleaning different things from different people,” attorney Rafeal Gallego had said. “But, in terms of hard evidence, we do not have that.”
Gallego said Thursday he's still waiting for the evidence against his cilent.
“He is adamant that he did nothing wrong in this case,” Gallego had said.
Brush is out of jail and still on administrative leave at the school, from which a judge ordered him to stay away.