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Edinburg CISD hit with $25M suit alleging teacher raped student, Buzbee Law Firm handling case


By David Yates | Sep 5, 2019


McALLEN – A lawsuit seeking no less than $25 million in damages for the false imprisonment, sexual assault and rape of a 16-year old girl has been brought against the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District.

Through The Buzbee Law Firm, Jane Doe filed the suit Aug. 29 in the U.S. District Court for Southern Texas, McAllen Division.

According to the petition, in Spring 2017 Francisco Coronado Badillo, who has a criminal history, became Doe’s teacher at Robert Vela High School, which is part of Edinburg CISD. For months, starting in March 2017, Badillo repeatedly removed Doe from her classroom and take her against her will to an empty classroom or storage room on the school’s campus and subject her to repeated incidents of sexual assault and rape.

Badillo also raped Jane Doe at his sister’s house.

“Jane Doe told Badillo that she did not want to have sex. Badillo repeatedly threatened Jane Doe to remain silent and to tell no one about their encounters or else she would get into trouble,” the suit states. “The horrific events suffered by Jane Doe is not the first time that a student had been sexually assaulted and sexually harassed by Badillo at Edinburg CISD.”

According to the suit, Badillo had sex with other female students, impregnating at least one of them. He also attended parties with the students and provided them with illegal drugs and alcohol.

A recent graduate had reported Badillo’s conduct to the school prior to March 2017 but the school failed to take action. Badillo remained on campus, continuing to “prey on vulnerable children” such as Doe, the suit states.

Badillo was charged with sexual assault and improper relationship between an educator and student and recently found guilty and convicted of sexual assault in the second degree.

Doe brings the case against Edinburg CISD for its failure to establish policies and procedures to prevent harm to underage students, and for the district’s “deliberate indifference” to ensure a safe environment.

Doe seeks punitive damages, along with damages for her mental anguish and medical expenses.

She is represented by attorneys Tony Buzbee and Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey.

Case No. 7:19-cv-00309

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