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KSAT Defenders: Custodian hired by HISD despite arrest on attempted murder charge

Moises Garcia, 44, hired by school district in 2004

SAN ANTONIO - Moises Garcia, 44, was hired by Harlandale Independent School District in 2004 despite his arrest in 2000 for attempted murder, a charge which was later downgraded to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Then in August 2012, Garcia was arrested on two counts of sexual assault of a child for allegedly abusing two young girls in 2006 and 2007.

The KSAT Defenders began investigating how Garcia was hired by HISD despite his 2000 arrest.

HISD says it runs its background checks on potential hires and current employees using the Texas Department of Public Safety’s database.

District spokeswoman Leslie Ann Garza said the information on Garcia’s 2000 arrest was not there.

“We are surprised you have this information and we don’t,” Garza told KSAT 12 in August.

The KSAT Defenders did some digging and found out that the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office did not submit Garcia’s 2000 arrest information to DPS until Aug. 31, 2012, which was the day after his most recent arrest.

BCSO says due to technology upgrades in its reporting systems over the last 12 years, there is no way to find out why DPS did not receive the information until recently.

“We can speculate on several probable causes. One could be that the person was not fingerprinted for the charge when he was processed,” said Dave Dunbar, BCSO identification services supervisor. “Or the second could be he was fingerprinted and the information didn't leave here to go to DPS or it did leave here and never made it to DPS."

HISD says it relies on the DPS system to ensure it hires reputable employees.

“We trust that everyone is doing their due diligence and reporting it to the system and that DPS can pick it up when they report it to us,” said Garza. “DPS is the only system we use."

BCSO says it now has a system in place that generates a confirmation number when DPS receives arrest data, but admits the system is only as solid as those operating it.

Reporting arrest data electronically was relatively new to BSCO in 2000, says Dunbar, and kinks were still being worked out of the system.

Garcia resigned from HISD after his August arrest for sexual assault.

Garcia also worked for Northside ISD in 2001 and 2002 and with the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio in 2011 and 2012.

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