Islamic Center of Irving security guard Syed Humzah Hashmi was arrested on May 3 based on allegations that he sexually abused a third-grade student at the school. Hashmi is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.
The alleged victim told investigators that the abuse happened at the school over the course of the past few years. No other details have been released to the public.
Only one victim has come forward but police say the investigation is ongoing. They have encouraged parents of Islamic Center students to talk to their kids about the dangers of predators and abuse. Anyone with information related to this case has been asked to contact the Irving Police Department.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here are some general thoughts from Marc on the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse by school employees:
If you've recently discovered that your child has been sexually abused by someone at their school, you may be wondering about your family's legal options. Schools have a responsibility to make sure their students are safe from sexual predators. When an employee abuses students, it's important to determine if school negligence played a role in enabling the abuse to occur. In cases of school negligence, victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
For example, a school might be considered negligent if they hired an employee without running a background check or ignored complaints of sexual misconduct involving an employee.
You can learn more about your family's legal options by contacting one of our experienced sex abuse survivors attorneys for a free consultation.