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Police: No Real Warning Sign In Alleged AISD Teacher Sexual Assault

Updated: Tuesday, June 17 2014, 12:59 PM CDT

Officials say an Austin teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student may have more victims -- but the most disturbing aspect of the alleged crime the teacher was arrested for is that it was the first time he and the victim ever met.

Police say a fast attack on an Austin student is not normal. In many sexual assaults against children the victim is groomed by a predator.

"Typically child predators work in a grooming situation, so child predators find ways to get this child comfortable to engage in a sexual act," said AISD Police Chief Eric Mendez. "My understanding is that this is the first time the child and the teacher ever met."

It's a case much different than what the experts usually come across.

KEYE TV asked Prevent Child Abuse Texas Executive Director Wendell Teltow if that kind of action strikes a certain danger in his mind.

"It does because we do know that in child sexual abuse cases about 80 percent are molesters where there is the grooming process," he said. "About 20 percent of the time it's more of a rapist type of procedure."

Teltow says groomers are generally searching for a long term relationship, gaining a child's trust.

The attack is much more of a coordinated effort, where someone moving in quick without knowing the victim is generally more about dominance.

"We don't see where they want to have any relationship," said Teltow. "They want to do what they want when they want and then move on."

Either way he believes parents always need to talk with their children to try and prevent either type of attacker.

For more information: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/child_protection/.

By Adam Racusin

Police: No Real Warning Sign In Alleged AISD Teacher Sexual Assault


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