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Parents Allege 9-Year-Old Autistic Son Raped At School

| by Kathryn Schroeder

The parents of a 9-year-old autistic boy say that their son was raped at school.

The father, who is being referred to as Javier for privacy’s sake, says his son was raped at H.D. Hilley Elementary in the Socorro Independent School District.

"I think he was raped right here at the school," Javier said.

The boy’s mother noticed her son was acting strange after school on Feb. 5 and complaining of pain in his rectum. 

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"He said a man in the restroom on the wall and was touching his behind," Javier told KVIA.

The description of the subject is vague because the boy has limited communication skills. A general description in the police and district report says the possible suspect is a “fat man without a mustache.”

When the principal of H.D. Hilley was told by the boy’s mother about the possible assault she assured her she would “take care of it.” 

A report was not filed by the end of the day by the principal because “she had a very busy day and had not had time.”

Documents from an El Paso hospital examination deduce the boy was sexually assaulted.

Administrators at H.D. Hilley, SISD, and in law enforcement were made aware of the incident. 

"There has not been any employee identified," SISD Assistant Superintendent Pat O'Neill said. "That's what we're trying to determine. Was it an SISD employee involved, who was involved and what actually happened? That's what the investigation's going on right now."

The Socorro school system has since posted district officers at H.D. Hilley, reports El Paso Times.

"I assure our parents, students, employees, and community members that we are doing everything possible to investigate the matter and will not rest until the issue is resolved," Socorro Independent School District Superintendent Jose Espinoza said in an online letter to parents on the district website.

The  investigation is ongoing with the City of Socorro Police Department and Child Protective Services.

A third-party investigator is also being hired "to make sure that no stone is left unturned and that we learn the truth."

Javier thinks some people do not believe his son because of his limited verbal skills.

"I don't want anything," Javier said. "All I want is for them to do justice for my son."

Javier and his wife have asked for any other parents to come forward if their child has had a similar experience.

The boy is no longer enrolled at the school and is attending another school in the area.