Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 26, 2014

Sexual abuse reported at Cooke Elem.

A man engaged to the mother of a Cooke Elementary School girl said Friday that he is upset with the way Cleburne ISD handled his future stepdaughter’s report of sexual abuse.

A male teacher on campus allegedly sexually abused the girl in November, the man said, but she did not speak out about the abuse until December. The girl has since transferred to another school in the district.

The Times-Review is not using names to protect the minor involved in the case.

At that time, the man said, he and the girl’s mother contacted the police and subsequently talked to a police detective and officials from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County.

CPD Detective Kelly Summey confirmed that a report had been made and that the incident remains under investigation but said she could release no further details since the case involves a minor.

The teacher, the man said, declined to take a polygraph test. CISD Superintendent Tim Miller when asked about the polygraph referred the matter to Cleburne police, who said the department could not respond to the matter, again because the case involves a minor.

Miller on Friday confirmed that the teacher in question was suspended with pay Dec. 16.

The man on Friday said CISD Executive Director of Human Resources Kyle Boles interviewed his daughter Thursday, something Miller confirmed Friday.

The man said he did not have a problem with school officials interviewing his daughter as long as he or the child’s mother were present during the interview. He said Boles had his assistant contact him before the interview. Miller on Friday said CISD officials don’t usually contact parents before student interviews, but said that is addressed on a case by case basis.

The man said he was unable to leave work but that the girl’s mother went to the school intending to sit in on her daughter’s interview. 

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