MEMORIAL, TX - New allegations have surfaced against Spring Branch ISD officials in a student sexting episode. Some parents say the district covered up a case of alleged sexual exploitation.
We previously reported about a 14-year-old female student at Memorial High School who says a 19-year-old male student threatened and blackmailed her into sending him nude photos, in October 2014. The school district says the 19-year-old was charged with a misdemeanor but it was later dropped by the court.
The female student and her family are suing the school district because they say the officials didn't do enough. Wayne Dolcefino, an advocate for the victim says, "This is sextortion, when a 19-year-old man threatens a 14-year-old girl to send him pictures because he might hurt her if she doesn`t; that`s no prank."
Now, a search warrant from the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows that computers were seized from the 19-year-old student, containing sexually explicit images of minors. The warrant shows that Spring Branch ISD police may have believed the 19 year-old-boy had a pattern of targeting underage girls for sexual extortion. The warrant says the student even admitted to police that he is attracted to girls between the age of 13 and 16.
The 14-year-old girl's family says that the school district's lack of disciplinary action let the 19-year-old continue to exploit underage girls.The girl's mother, Karen Maley, says, "We don`t want this to happen, continue to happen to other girls. We know that this has happened to many other girls from the same boy at the high school, and he`s been allowed to do this since his sophomore year and it needs to stop."
Protecting kids isn't as easy as it used to be, and schools and parents are both learning that the hard way.