Teacher to return to Boone ES after DA drops sexual assault investigation
The teacher from the sexual assault investigation at Boone Elementary School will return to work next week after authorities determined there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation.
A letter sent to parents on Tuesday by the school's principal says the teacher will return to her classroom Monday, May 22.
A meeting will be held for families at the school's cafeteria on Thursday to discuss the situation.
The Travis County District Attorney's Office announced last week that no charges will be filed in the case.
The sexual assault is alleged to have happened on the Boone Elementary campus last February at the school, located in South Austin.
In a statement, Travis County DA Margaret Moore said that after an investigation and based on additional medical records and expert review, there is "insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges."
Superintendent Paul Cruz announced Tuesday all 11,500 employees will be required to go through a new student safety initiative. He said the new training will go over topics like code of ethics, appropriate student/employee relationships and reporting child neglect.
"I think with any incident that occurs, we continue to learn and we work at improving our systems," said Cruz.
Chris Evoy with Austin ISD Police announced two detectives will be now be assigned to sex assault cases.
"I was not allowed to attend the meeting, i was asked ot leave before it started but from what I heard after the meeting, we're very encouraged by these developments," said Attorney Paul Guinn.
Guinn represents three different families that claim the district mishandled the district mishandeled their child's sex assault case.
Guinn said he feels the families he represents helped push AISD to implement new initiatives but he said no one from the district has contacted him about what took place at Boone Elementary to injury a 4-year-old girl.
Last month, former AISD Police Chief Eric Mendez said the parents of a child enrolled in a Pre-K program noticed injuries to their 4-year-old and doctors told Austin ISD Police there may have been a sexual assault.
The girl was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center where she went through surgery. Her mother said she suffered “lacerations.” Medical documents obtained by CBS Austin stated “sexual assault by bodily force by person unknown to victim.”
The case was closed around 15 days later, after AISD police said they didn't have enough evidence to prosecute anyone.