Lawsuit filed against Rio Hondo ISD after student, teacher improper relationship
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:43:08 GMT —
A former student is suing the Rio Hondo Independent School District alleging school officials didn TMt protect her after a band teacher sexually abused her.
The lawsuit claims Rio Hondo High School band teacher David Noyola "pursued, lured, preyed upon and began to sexually violate" the victim as she was going into her freshman year of high school during band camp in July 2006.
The sexual violations by Noyola continued through September 2006, according to documents.
The victim's mother even spoke with Principal Veronica Puente about Noyola's relationship with her daughter, but the principal referred the matter to the former band director Robert Garza, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states Noyola would give the victim rides to band camp where he would hold her hands.
The alleged victim told Rio Hondo police she once arrived to Noyola TMs home for a ride to practice, and he "greeted her wearing boxer shorts."
That TMs when Noyola tried to kiss and touch her inappropriately.
Investigators said another time the victim went to Noyola TMs home in July 2006, he was wearing only boxer shorts.
The lawsuit states Noyola attempted to have sex with the victim, but she later left.
According to documents, Noyola persuaded the girl to come back to his home where he had sex with minor.
The lawsuit claims the abuse continued through the end of the victim TMs sophomore year.
Noyola transferred to another school in Cameron County before the victim TMs junior year of high school amid rumors of an improper relationship with a student.
Even though Noyola left Rio Hondo High School, the victim told police he continued to send inappropriate messages, and even threatened to kill himself if the victim told anyone about their relationship.
It wasn TMt until July 2014 when the victim came forward to police with her story after she woke up in an emotional state, according to documents.
Investigators said Noyola admitted to the inappropriate relationship with the victim, and said he wasn TMt thinking and was sorry, according to documents.
Police arrested the band teacher in August 2014 on a sexual assault of a child charge.
The Cameron County Magistrate Court set Noyola TMs bond at $150,000.
Documents didn TMt disclose how much money in damages the victim is suing for, but said the victim is still suffering from the alleged sexual abuse.
Noyola is expected to be in court March 30th.
The Rio Hondo School District was unavailable to comment Sunday.