Lawyer Comments: School sexual abuse lawyer Marc Lenahan adds legal commentary in the second part of this story with some thoughts on the legal rights of school sex abuse victims and their families.
59-year-old Conrad High School teacher Robert Marc Flores was arrested on May 5 for allegedly sexually abusing a 16-year-old student. Flores faces charges of online solicitation of a minor, sexual assault of a child, and improper relationship between educator and student.
The original warrant was for online solicitation of a child. Additional charges were filed after police discovered new evidence.
According to the police, the victim is a 16-year-old Dallas Independent School District (ISD) student.
Flores was brought to the Garland jail with bail set a $50,000 for the solicitation charge. No bail has been set for the other two charges at this time.
Police suspect this is an isolated case but are continuing to investigate to determine if there are more victims.
Anyone with information related to this case has been asked to call Garland police at 972-485-4840.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Marc has some thoughts to share on school liability for sexual abuse by teachers and other school employees:
The American education system has a serious problem with sexual abuse of students by teachers and other employees. Our attorneys have seen reports of school sex abuse throughout all 50 states. School officials must take this crisis seriously and must do all that they can to keep their students safe from sexual predators.
When a school employee is charged with sexually abusing a student, it's important to investigate the school as well for possible negligence. Some cases of student sex abuse may have been prevented if not for negligence, such as ignoring past reports of inappropriate behavior by the employee. In cases of negligence, school sex abuse victims and their parents may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a teacher or another school employee, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victim lawyers.