Agua Fria Special-Education Teacher Accused of Raping Special Needs Student is Charged With Kidnapping, Too

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Brian Willner

Brian Willner, the 35-year-old director of the special-education program at Agua Fria High School who was accused of raping a 15-year-old special needs student, has been formally charged with three felonies.

Willner was arrested last Monday but was not immediately charged with any crimes.

Court documents filed Thursday by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office now charge Willner with kidnapping, sexual abuse, and sexual assault.

The charges stem from an incident in March, when one of Willner's special-needs students claimed he raped her.  

According to court documents obtained by New Times, on April 16, police were called by the victim's mother after her daughter said Willner excused her from class to meet him in his office about a month earlier. Once in his office, he pinned her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, the court docs claim.

The victim claims that when she got to Willner's office, he grabbed her arms, pinned her to the ground, and began to grope her chest underneath her clothes.

The victim says she was unable to stop the assault because she "was not strong enough," court documents state.

Avondale police claim that Willner then had sex with the victim, and after it was over, he told the girl -- who suffers from bipolar disorder, psychosis, and ADHD -- that if she told anyone, the victim's mom would "get a seizure." If a seizure didn't do the trick, Willner, according to court documents, told the girl, "I'm going to make sure that she dies, and I am going to kill her wherever I find her."

Not only do police believe that Willner raped the girl, they think there's a good chance he gave her chlamydia, too.

After the victim was examined by doctors, it was found that she had the STD.

Chlamydia cultures gotten last week from Willner prove he also has the disease, cops say.

Willner denies the allegations but agreed to a computer voice-stress analysis, where he "showed deception with answers pertaining to penis to vagina sexual intercourse,"
cops say.


Willner is being held at a Maricopa County jail without bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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