Parents allege sexual abuse at Dallas school

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by BYRON HARRIS

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WFAA

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 6:28 PM

DALLAS — The daughter of Ronya and Kenneth Martinez looks like an adolescent, but she has the emotional an intellectual skills of a much younger girl.

She is a special needs child.

The Martinez' say their 14-year-old daughter was sexually abused by a worker when she was left by herself at a Dallas school. In March, and they suspect the predator victimized her more than once.

"Apparently he had actually put his hands down her pants," said the girl's mother, Ronya Martinez.

Despite dozens of calls to DISD police, Dallas police and the Dallas ISD board of trustees, the Martinez' say they have never received a response to their complaints.

"How do you think we feel as parents when she asks us, 'Is he gonna get away with that? Are they gonna do something to him?" Kenneth Martinez asked.

The parents removed their daughter from the school, but because she missed classes, DISD is criminally charging her father with contributing to the truancy of a child.

The Martinez' have hired attorney Jim Skinner. "Everyone hopes that the folks involved in the education of their children will exercise common sense," Skinner said. "Sadly, in this case it appears that no one has done that at any level."

In a written statement issued Tuesday afternoon, DISD said an investigation is under way. The district said its staff has followed proper protocol and has assisted Dallas police.

As for the truancy case, DISD said it would be inappropriate to discuss the case.

Martinez' criminal trial for truancy is scheduled to begin next week.

E-mail bharris@wfaa.com

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