Five faculty members at a Texas school were arrested on Wednesday for failing to report an alleged sexual assault incident that occurred during baseball practice.
Three teachers and two coaches at Midland Christian School have been charged with failing to report with the intention of covering up neglect or abuse, police said.
The defendants were identified as Superintendent Jared Lee, school principal Dana Ellis, assistant principal Matthew Counts, athletic director Greg McClendon and head baseball coach Barry Russell, CBS7 reported.
The attack took place on January 20 at Christensen Stadium during a baseball practice. The survivor, whose identity has not been released because he is a minor, told a forensic investigator from the Children’s Advocacy Center that he was in a locker room at the stadium to change when the lights were out.
Another student allegedly told him it was “freshman initiation day” before someone started hitting him.
He was being punched when he was pushed to the ground and shouted at. He attempted to punch his attacker but was told he was not allowed to retaliate, NewsWest9 reported.
The survivor said he was then sexually assaulted with a bat.
After the interview, Midland Police questioned Mr Lee, who was made aware of the incident in mid-January.
When Ms. Ellis informed the superintendent of the incident, Mr. Lee instructed the assistant manager, Mr. Counts, and the athletic director, Mr. McClendon, to investigate the matter.
On Feb. 14, Mr. Lee told officers he would not hand over requested documents relating to the incident and reportedly refused to answer further questions over the phone.
A search warrant was then served and the authorities were able to obtain the documents relating to the investigation. Police, however, said the documents were only created a few days ago.
It was determined during the investigation that the five faculty members involved failed to report the sexual assault as required by Texas family law, authorities said.
An unnamed minor has been arrested in connection with the assault.
All of the accused faculty members left the Midland County Jail on Wednesday on personal bail.
The school, in a statement to NewsWest9, said, “Our school officials have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and their investigation.”
“Currently, we have qualified interim administrators to oversee the campus, oversee student activities, support faculty and maintain the day-to-day running of the school,” added the statement released by Jason Stockstill, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. of Midland Christian School.
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