School District Blames Child In Special Education After Teacher’s Aide Molested Her

Nov 30, 2010
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Get ready to be outraged. After a young special education student was molested by a teacher’s aide, the school district blamed her!

That exact sick kind of “she wanted it” slur is the tactic used by Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, California. The school had first tried to keep the molestation under wraps, but then according to Raw Story, the district’s lawyers responded “by not only blaming the girl for her own abuse but asking that the judge dismiss the charges and make the victim’s family pay the district’s legal fees.”

The seventeen-year-old victim with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair, has the mental capacity of a seven-year-old, and is unable to speak in her own defense. However, OC Weekly interviewed the teacher’s assistant who first reported Alonso Manuel Gonzalez’s crime. In the interview, the assistant is referred to as “M.”

When M returned to retrieve a backpack and opened the classroom door, the report noted, “he saw [the victim] sitting in her wheelchair, with both her breasts completely exposed. He saw Gonzalez holding up the bottom portion of [the victim’s] school uniform shirt and undershirt up to her chin.”

Furthermore, OC Weekly reported, “Gonzalez denied everything. Expose the student’s breasts? No, he merely ‘pulled down the collar of her undershirt a couple of inches’ because saliva had drenched the student’s chin, neck and shirt. Expose the student’s breasts? No, he merely ‘pulled up the collar of her undershirt, and was fastening the top button of her short-sleeved shirt’ when M walked in on him.”

It gets even more twisted. A year after Gonzalez pleaded guilty, the girl’s mother filed a civil suit against Gonzalez and the school district for negligence. Santa Ana Unified School District’s attorney responded by claiming “the victim chose to encounter the known risk’ of being alone with Gonzalez, that she ‘consented to’ him lifting up her shirt, and that her injuries were the result of her having ‘failed to use due and reasonable care for her own safety and protection.'”

This girl’s molestation took place in 2008. Apparently many parents had complained about Gonzalez, going all the way back to 2005. In 2009, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to child abuse and endangerment. But 2010, Santa Ana Unified School District hides behind a attorney who is blaming the girl for everything. Seems like it’s time to get rid of those people on the school board.

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  • http://www.google.com/profiles/zogati#about HiBabyWhatsYourName

    ‘nuf said.

  • Anonymous

    Unbelievable!

  • Lori

    I’m on it. Where can I write and scream? I have a team that can write – I will write to Saddleback, the newspapers, who else – what judge – give us some names! They can’t get away with this without a fight.

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