Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 13, 2014

Sexual assault allegations under investigation at Cleburne school

The mother of a 5-year-old female kindergarten student at Santa Fe Elementary school in Cleburne said two boys sexually assaulted her daughter on Thursday in one of the school’s bathrooms. The mother said her daughter told her that the same two boys have also sexually assaulted at least four other female students at various times throughout the school year.

The Times-Review is not publishing the names of the parties involved since the alleged victims are minors.

Cleburne ISD and Cleburne police officials on Monday confirmed that they have received reports of the allegations and that the incident remains under investigation.

The mother of the child said she wants to get word of the incident out so that parents of other Santa Fe students so they can determine if their children were affected by the alleged incidents, and talk to and help them if necessary.

“Parents need to know so they can talk to their kids,” the mother said. “CISD will send out a release about head lice, but they’re not going to send anything out on sexual assault.”

CISD Superintendant Tim Miller said that parents of all Santa Fe students have been notified.

Letters sent home Monday addressed the alleged sexual assault, CISD officials said in a release dispatched Monday.

“In a letter from Principal Wilmer Romero, parents were told that the Cleburne Police Department and Child Protective Services were immediately [notified] Friday, as were parents of children alleged to have been involved in the incident,” the release reads. “The district has also begun an investigation and is working with the police and CPS officials.

“Santa Fe parents were told that the safety of their students was of the utmost importance, and were also requested to notify the campus principal, assistant principal or counselor of information they may have relating to the matter or any concern their child might have as a student at the campus.”

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