- Katie Hall American-Statesman Staff
5 p.m. update: An English as a Second Language teacher at Dobie Middle School was arrested on Nov. 17 and charged with continuously sexually abusing a student since May, court documents show.
Pedro Esteban Rosas Martinez, 30, is accused of placing his hand on the inner thigh of a 12-year-old student and touching her vagina, according to an arrest affidavit filed after Rosas Martinez’s arrest. A cellphone video the student brought to police shows a man who appears to be at a desk and work station moving his hand “between the victim’s knee and vaginal area,” the affidavit said.
Austin school district police received the video on Oct. 31 and spoke to Rosas Martinez, who was wearing the same clothing as the man in the video, the affidavit said. On that day, the student told police, Rosas Martinez “did attempt to gain entry through the top of her pants, but he was unsuccessful,” the document said.
The teacher was placed on administrative leave with pay on Oct. 31, according to a letter to parents from Principal Jesse De La Huerta. He has been recommended for termination from the Northeast Austin school.
The student was later interviewed and reported that Rosas Martinez assaulted her on a continuous basis since the beginning of May, when she was in the sixth grade, the affidavit said.
The document said the child continued to take classes with him during her seventh grade year, and the behavior by Rosas Martinez continued.
Three different times while the teacher touched her, the student said, she saw Rosas Martinez become aroused through his pants, the affidavit said.
Earlier: A male Dobie Middle School teacher is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child and improper relationship with a student, the principal said in a letter to parents.
An arrest warrant was issued for the teacher on Nov. 17, and the teacher has been recommended for termination, Principal Jesse De La Huerta wrote in a letter that same day. The teacher has been on administrative leave with pay since Oct. 31, “the same day we received the allegations.”
De La Huerta does not name the teacher and wrote that “because this investigation is ongoing, we can provide no further details at this time.”
School officials will hold a meeting for families at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the school’s library. Interpretation into Spanish will be available during the meeting.