Former student sues ex-teacher, others over sex scandal at Memorial HS
Federal lawsuit claims school, Edgewood ISD officials failed to report incidents
SAN ANTONIO – A former Memorial High School student has filed a federal lawsuit in connection with a sex scandal that involved one of her teachers and a district police officer.
In addition to Memorial High School itself, the defendants include the Edgewood Independent School District, the Edgewood Police Department, former chemistry teacher Marcus Revilla and former district police officer Manuel Hernandez.
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Revilla and Hernandez are accused of sexually attacking the woman, who is now 19, while she attended Memorial.
The girl got pregnant in December 2014 or January 2015, the lawsuit said. DNA testing revealed that Revilla was the child's father.
Revilla pleaded guilty in June 2014 to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 13 years in state prison. In September 2014, he pleaded guilty to federal charges of production and possession of child pornography and was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison.
Hernandez was arrested in April 2014 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was indicted and is awaiting trial.
Teachers, administrators and the police department knew about the sex assaults and failed to report them, the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit accuses the defendants of numerous violations of Title IX.
"Defendants failed to company with Title IX in that despite prior reports of abuse, the defendants continued to allow defendants Revilla and/or Hernandez unsupervised access to minor students and access to certain rooms and areas that were inaccessible to others, providing defendants Revilla and/or Hernandez with privacy to carry out the sexual abuse of minor students, including plaintiff," the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit also claims the plaintiff's civil rights were violated, including right to due process, denial of constitutional liberty interest and to equal protection under the law.
"The defendants turned a blind eye to complaints of sexual abuse and/or misconduct, ignored complaints, failed to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct and acted with deliberate indifference to the rights of minor students, including plaintiff," the lawsuit said.
The plaintiff's lawyer, Luis Vera, said he is seeking money to help the woman support her son and for pain and suffering.
"Because of what she went through, the woman has sustained severe and permanent bodily injury, has trouble sleeping, nightmares, depression, post traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms (and) social anxiety," the lawsuit said.
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