Flagstaff teacher investigated for sexual indecency resigns | Crime and Courts

Walter Halaberda speaks to a crowd who gathered outside Flagstaff City Hall in 2019 to take part in a Red for Ed rally.

Ben Shanahan, Arizona Daily Sun File

BRADY WHEELER Sun Staff Reporter

School district records show a Flagstaff High School teacher resigned this week after facing allegations of public sexual indecency earlier this year.

Walter Halaberda, a longtime English teacher, allegedly touched sexually in a sexual way during a zoom course on January 4th, according to police records. He has currently not been charged with any crime related to an ongoing police investigation.

According to the Flagstaff Unified School District, Halaberda’s resignation took effect on Tuesday. Police records indicate that Halaberda has been used at home by school officials since at least May 6th, when the police investigation began.

Police used student demographic information to determine that potential victims in the case were all over the age of 15.

A student recorded a video of the incident, which eventually surfaced online and was reported to the school by a parent on January 6th. The video allegedly shows “rapid back and forth movements” of Halaberda’s right arm, according to police records.

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The Flagstaff Police Department is actively investigating the incident and has received copies of the video recording in question. The department declined to publish the video for the Arizona Daily Sun.

FUSD released the following statement on the ongoing police investigation last week:

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