Mom sues Alvin ISD over teen daughter's alleged sexual assault

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 19, 2011, 8:51am

GALVESTON - Alleging the Alvin Independent School District took improper action in handling her daughter's rape complaint, a Brazoria County woman has filed suit.

The woman, whose name and that of the teenage girl are withheld, complains that AISD failed to prevent the child from being sexually assaulted back in February and tried to insinuate she consented to the act in question, a lawsuit filed Sept. 13 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas states.

Dr. Red Brent, Karen Windsor, Eugene Lewis Jr., Carrie Martin and the alleged perpetrator join the school district as defendants in the case.

According to the original petition, the girl, Lisa Doe, is a special needs student. Her mother wanted to withdraw the girl from AISD, but she was allegedly assured by the district that the teen would be protected while attending Alvin High School.

The school district, however, "made absolutely no effort to separate or protect Lisa Doe from potential sexual predators," the suit says.

Court papers show an unidentified 18-year-old male student sexually assaulted Lisa Doe in an underground bathroom at the high school on Feb. 23.

Jane Doe states that her daughter reported the alleged incident to the proper authorities, but AISD found the girl's complaints not credible and concluded she consented to intercourse.

Lisa Doe apparently was threatened with jail and severe disciplinary action if she did not recant her story as AISD demanded, the suit alleges.

She was taken out of school on Feb. 24.

The suit insists AISD - through Brent, Windsor, Lewis and Martin - covered up the ordeal and ignored Jane Doe's numerous requests to resolve it, adding she and the girl were "deeply troubled and emotionally scarred."

Consequently, Jane Doe and her daughter seek unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt is presiding over the case.

Case No. 3:11-cv-422

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