Family files lawsuit against Rio Hondo ISD employee accused of recording student undress

A family has filed a lawsuit against Rio Hondo ISD, alleging an employee recorded a student undress.

A family has filed a lawsuit against the Rio Hondo Independent School District, alleging an employee recorded a student undress.

"I'm the one who has to wipe the tears from her eyes. I'm the one who has to try to check on her to make sure she can fall asleep," a family member said.

According to a lawsuit filed by the family, in 2017, a Rio Hondo High School student was changing for weightlifting practice.

That's when, according to the lawsuit, a school employee was watching surveillance cameras and with his personal phone, recorded the student undressing.

The family was contacted by a Rio Hondo ISD investigator who explained the situation.

"Well, when they were trying to assure me that everything was going to be ok, I still didn't feel that everything was ok,” the family member said.

Although there was some uneasiness, the family member thought the school would give her comfort.

"I was still waiting to see if I was going to be contacted by someone," the family member said.

Every time she called for updates, she says the school told her not to worry about it.

"'Can we get a restraining order on him?' Basically what they let me know is 'There's nothing for you to worry about, we let him go,'" the family member said.

According to the family member, the man was still employed —even up to the end of the school year.

"He kept on staring at her, very oddly and pervertedly," the family member said.

The lawsuit states the employee showed the video to numerous employees.

When reached for comment, Rio Hondo ISD sent the following statement to CBS 4 News:

"The district intends to vigorously defend this matter. At this time nothing further may be disclosed as it is the practice of the District not to comment directly upon matters that are or will be the subject of litigation."
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