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Laredo, TX - Adriana Mariel Rullan, Antonio Gonzalez Middle School Teacher, Facing Felony Child Abuse Charges

Laredo, TX - Adriana Mariel Rullan, Antonio Gonzalez Middle School Teacher, Facing Felony Child Abuse Charges
Published: February 23, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on February 23, 2024

Texas Middle School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Abuse of 13-Year-Old Student

LAREDO, TEXAS - LMT Online reported a teacher at Antonio Gonzalez Middle School, located at 5208 Santa Claudia Ln, Laredo, TX 78043, has been arrested for allegedly engaging in multiple instances of sexual abuse with a 13-year-old student. Adriana Mariel Rullan, 27, was served with arrest warrants on December 20, 2023, following an investigation into allegations of an improper relationship between an educator and a student.

According to the arrest affidavit, Rullan faces several charges, including improper relationship between educator and student, continuous sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 years old, and indecency with a child by sexual contact. The charges carry varying degrees of severity, with the most serious being a first-degree felony.

The case came to light on November 27, 2023, when the parents of the 13-year-old boy reported their suspicions of an improper relationship to a United ISD criminal investigator. The parents became suspicious after noticing their son had money to pay for items. When questioned, the boy claimed that his "good friends" had given him the money. However, further investigation revealed that the boy had repeatedly received money from a woman named Rullan through the Cash App.

Disturbed by their findings, the parents searched the boy's Cash App account and discovered a text message conversation stored under the name "Adriana" with pink hearts. In addition, the step-father found explicit images sent by Rullan to the boy, including pictures of her in a bikini and compromising sexual photographs.

Upon confronting Rullan over the phone, she admitted to being the boy's teacher and expressed a desire to meet with the parents to explain herself. Concerned for their son's safety, the parents filed a criminal complaint, leading to Rullan's subsequent arrest.

Further evidence obtained from text messages between Rullan and the boy revealed that they engaged in inappropriate conversations and had sexual encounters on multiple occasions during school hours. The affidavit states that the sexual abuse occurred at least 12 times between August 18 and November 19.

The case took a distressing turn when it was revealed that the boy had attempted self-harm after he ran away following the discovery of the relationship. He was taken to a local medical center for evaluation and later admitted to a mental hospital for further assessment.

Rullan, who was released on bond the same day as her arrest, later contacted the investigator, expressing fear and seeking more information about the ongoing criminal investigation. During an interview with authorities, she appeared nervous and admitted that she had done wrong, though she denied engaging in sexual relations with the boy.

As this shocking case unfolds, the community is left grappling with the disturbing reality of alleged sexual abuse involving a trusted educator and a vulnerable student. The United Independent School District is cooperating fully with law enforcement officials, and additional measures are being taken to ensure the safety and well-being of students.

The authorities are urging anyone with additional information related to this case to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation.

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Exploring Legal Options for Families of Child Sex Abuse Victims in Middle School

Following the news of the Texas teacher's arrest for sexual abuse of a 13-year-old student, questions arise regarding the legal options available to the families of victims in cases of school-based child sex abuse. To further elaborate on this matter, we sat down with Mark Nigam, a child sex abuse attorney based in Texas. Anjali shared valuable information regarding potential civil cases against liable parties and discussed the types of damages families can seek.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Today, we have the privilege of speaking with Mark Nigam, Esq., an experienced child sex abuse attorney based in Texas. Thank you for joining us, Anjali.

Mark Nigam, Esq. (AN): It's my pleasure, Darla. Thank you for having me.

DM: We want to address the legal options available to victims' families in cases like these. Can you tell us what recourse the victims' families may have in pursuing a civil case against the liable parties?

AN: Absolutely, Darla. When it comes to cases of child sex abuse in schools, victims and their families may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit against various parties who could be held liable. These parties may include the teacher involved, the school district, school administrators, or even individuals who were aware of the abuse but failed to take appropriate action.

DM: That's certainly important information for our readers to know. Could you elaborate on the potential legal claims that families could bring forward in such civil cases?

AN: Certainly. One of the primary legal claims that can be pursued is a claim of negligence. Schools and educators have a duty of care to protect their students from harm, including preventing and promptly addressing instances of sexual abuse. If it can be demonstrated that the school or individuals responsible for the student's safety breached this duty of care, leading to the abuse, then a negligence claim can be pursued.

Additionally, families may have the option to pursue claims based on intentional infliction of emotional distress, premises liability, or even constitutional violations if the school failed to adequately respond to reports of abuse or protect the student's rights.

DM: Thank you for outlining those potential legal avenues, Anjali. In terms of compensation, what types of damages can families seek in civil cases related to child sex abuse?

AN: In civil cases related to child sex abuse, families can seek compensation for various types of damages. These may include compensatory damages, which aim to cover the physical, emotional, and psychological harm suffered by the victim. Families can also seek damages for medical expenses, therapy costs, and any other financial losses incurred due to the abuse.

DM: That's crucial information for our readers to understand. Lastly, Anjali, what advice would you give to families who may find themselves in a situation where their child has been a victim of sexual abuse by a teacher?

AN: First and foremost, it is essential to prioritize the well-being and safety of the child. Seeking immediate medical and psychological support is crucial. Additionally, I highly recommend consulting with an experienced child sex abuse attorney who can guide the family through the legal process, protect their rights, and help them seek justice and compensation for the harm inflicted upon their child.

DM: Thank you, Anjali, for sharing your expertise and insights on this important matter. We appreciate your time and valuable input.

AN: Thank you, Darla. It's been a privilege to be here discussing this critical issue.


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