DALLAS -- Police arrested a Dallas ISD elementary school teacher on Wednesday morning for charges of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and indecency with a child by contact.
According to DPD, 53-year-old Jorge Ruiz, a teacher at Kramer Elementary School, was taken into custody around 6:30 a.m. He was placed in Lew Sterrett Jail with bail set at $200,000 -- $100,000 for each offense.
A therapist contacted police on Sept. 30 about an alleged incident based on what her 7-year-old client told her about what had happened two years before, according to the arrest warrant.
Police then forensically interviewed the young girl. She told them Ruiz had been her first grade teacher, and one day while the other students were outside at recess, Ruiz had told her to put her hand in his pocket because there was “a bunny” inside.
The girl said there was a hole in Ruiz’s pocket, and when she reached in, she felt what she now knows was his penis, the warrant said. The girl told the interviewer that two years later, a friend told her about sex and she realized what had happened.
The victim also told police she thought Ruiz was trying to “get with” her mom, and that he had taken her and her mother to Toys R Us to get her a birthday present and had invited she and her mother to his home for dinner. She also said Ruiz had “told her he was her dad.”
According to the warrant, the girl told police she didn’t tell her mom what happened before because she was afraid, but that she has since gotten over that fear.
Ruiz was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child based on the girl's allegations.
In a news conference Wednesday, police said in the course of investigating the first victim's allegations, they found evidence for the indecency with a child by contact charge, which involved another of Ruiz's students. Police didn't offer further information about the second charge.
Bruce Kaye met Ruiz when his kids were students at Kramer.
“I’m a criminal defense attorney, and I didn’t get any creepy-meter vibe of anything like that. He’s been here a long time,” he said of his encounters with Ruiz. “But at the same time, you have to take everything that this child has said very seriously, because they are very, very serious allegations.”
Police say they believe there are additional victims who need to be interviewed. If you have any further information about Ruiz or the alleged crime, contact Detective Mayfield at 214-275-1300.
“This is a very serious matter,” said DISD spokesperson Robyn L. Harris in a statement. “While we are unable to comment on this personnel issue involving a teacher, we can share that the individual has been placed on administrative leave. We will continue to cooperate with authorities, and remain committed to providing a safe instructional environment for our students each day.”
Ruiz doesn't have a previous criminal record.