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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

School Assisted Teacher In Molesting Children

The story is from Courthouse News Service, (emphasis mine):

    VICTORVILLE, CALIF. (CN) – Victor Elementary School District allowed its teacher Rogelio Cardenas to sexually molest immigrant children by threatening that if their parents reported the sexual assaults, the family would be deported, two families alleged in separate, but similar, claims in San Bernardino Superior Court. One family claims that Cardenas, who is in jail charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, sexually abused their 6-year-old girl from September 2006 through January 2007.

    They claim that “as early as the 2000-2001 school year, VESD received numerous complaint about Cardenas’ inappropriate behavior by touching his female students sexually. These complaints were made both to VESD at their district offices and through then principal of Del Rey Elementary School, Gloria Garza. As a result of Mr. Cardenas’s conduct in this regard, school officials elected to remove certain females from his classes.

    In response to the complaints of parents who children had been molested by Mr. Cardenas, VESD officials would advise such complaining parents that if they investigated the matter and it was discovered incidentally that the parents were illegal aliens, that they would then be deported. After being given that advisal, the complaining parents would then be invited to withdraw their complaint. As a result of this policy, Cardenas targeted the children of undocumented workers, knowing that VESD would engage in such threats to deport the parents of molestation victims who pursued complaints involving the District.” Plaintiffs demand punitive damages. All plaintiffs are represented by Marc Grossman of Upland.

The school's "solution" was to remove "certain females from his classes"? And told the parents that if they were illegal aliens they ran the risk of being deported? THIS was their manner of handling a child molester? Oh...I bet heads will roll - figuratively speaking - from the lawsuit, and rightly so.

I am a reporter from Silverado High School and I was wondering if you could help me out by sending me some information on Cardenas. I would appreciate it. incubus4poet@yahoo.com
Other than the story from Courthouse News Service I don't have any addtional information. Perhaps if you contact them or search his name you will find the info you seek.

Sorry; good luck to you.
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