Father sues Goose Creek ISD, claims it covered up daughter's sexual assault

BAYTOWN, Texas – The young girl’s father first told KPRC Channel 2 his daughter’s story early last year.

After the alleged incident and how it was handled, he took to social media and his post was viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

His message now, on the heels of a class-action federal lawsuit being filed, was this: “I'm here today to simply to seek justice for my little girl.”

The lawsuit claims the 4-year-old pre-kindergarten student’s teacher wasn’t aware that Jane Doe had left the classroom unattended and that the classmate accused of molesting her had followed her to the bathroom.

READ: Man claims 4-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted at Baytown school

“These pants are very similar to the pants that Jane Doe was wearing that day,” said attorney Terry Gorman.

Gorman said the girl’s pants were inside out and backward when she came out of Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School in Baytown on Dec. 14, 2016.

“That's why her pants were the way they were. She was sexually assaulted in the bathroom,” Gorman said.

The lawsuit also accused Goose Creek ISD of trying to cover up what the girl says happened to her by failing to properly notify other parents and by downplaying the seriousness of the allegation.

“This school district believes sexual assault is an incident and misbehavior by students,” Gorman said.

In a written statement, Goose Creek ISD said the following, “Although nothing has been sent to us at this time, Goose Creek CISD was provided with a copy of the lawsuit by the Baytown Sun. It is important for our community to know that we strongly disagree with the allegations in the lawsuit. Our District staff work every day to keep our students safe, to keep them learning, and to keep them free from any sort of sexual misconduct. Although federal and state law prohibits the district from disclosing the details of a specific student’s confidential educational matters, Goose Creek CISD has strong policies and procedures in place to investigate and properly address allegations of sexual misconduct on school property. We want to assure families in this District that student well-being and equal education opportunities are of paramount importance. Because this is a pending legal matter, the District will allow the judicial process to take its course and will refrain from commenting further on the matter.”

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