HOUSTON – Concerned community members passed out fliers around an east Houston neighborhood of a man accused of inappropriately touching a Galena Park Independent School District student with special needs.
Those community members hoped the fliers would warn the neighbors of the man accused.
The former Galena Park ISD school bus attendant, Serio Lopez, 67, was charged with a misdemeanor assault after officials say surveillance videos show Lopez allegedly touching a 13-year-old student who has a condition that leaves her verbally and intellectually disabled, according to court documents.
The community members were outraged that Judge David Singer granted Lopez a mere $100 bond when prosecutors asked for $10,000.
“This is not right. This is not right. He should be in jail," said neighbor Cosme Deleon.
“Anyone employed by the school district, a parent would trust that they’re there to protect and look after their child," said Quanell X, a local community leader and activist. "For this man to be employed by the school district and use his position to take advantage of a special needs child and sexually, inappropriately touch that child, and yet he’s out of jail on a $100 bond. There are people in this community in jail for shoplifting on a higher bond.”
KPRC 2 spoke with Lopez a couple of weeks ago and denied the claims.