Former coach pleads guilty to sex abuse

The Daily Times staff
Harrison Cambridge

FARMINGTON — A former Northwest High School employee faces between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 years in federal prison for child sexual abuse.

Harrison Cambridge, 59, was employed as a paraprofessional in the life skills program from August through January, according to a press release from Shiprock Associated Schools Inc. He also coached softball in 2014, according to school board meeting minutes. The school board approved paying him $1,100 to coach softball in March 2014, according to meeting minutes.

Cambridge was arrested in December after allegedly inappropriately touching a young girl. The alleged sexual abuse occurred outside of the school. In the press release, Shiprock Associated Schools Inc. stated that there have been no reports of him sexually abusing anyone at the school.

Joe Spindle, the prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office, said the school terminated its contract with Cambridge after the charges were filed. Northwest High School's website currently lists Vina Begay-Tsosie as the head softball coach.

Cambridge's attorney, Devon Fooks, said he does not know whether his client's term of employment at the school will affect his sentencing.