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Five Christian School Officials Hid Horrific Locker Room Sex Assault, Police Say

Midland County Sheriff’s Office

Five officers at a personal Christian academy in Texas are going through felony expenses over accusations they didn’t notify authorities after a ninth-grader reported being sexually assaulted by an older scholar throughout a hazing incident on “freshman initiation day.”

The three directors and two athletic coaches at Midland Christian School are identified in an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast as Superintendent Jared Owen Lee, secondary college Principal Dana Elizabeth Ellis, athletic director Gregory Neal McClendon, assistant secondary college principal Matthew David Counts, and baseball coach Barry Lee Russell.

“We are motivated in all facets by our faith in Jesus Christ, attempting to serve as a reflection of God’s unconditional love for all people,” Midland Christian’s website proclaims. “We seek to honor the Lord in all that we do by operating Midland Christian School in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. It is important to us that every word and deed engaged in by Midland Christian School, its employees, representatives, volunteers, and students be consistent with and in furtherance of Midland Christian School’s religious purposes: both publicly and privately.”

But the 5 college officers apparently didn’t stay as much as these tenets following the alleged January assault, which was first uncovered by the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

On Jan. 28, a detective with the Midland Police Department was notified a couple of “possible sexual assault of a child” that had occurred eight days earlier after baseball apply at Midland Christian.

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In an interview with authorities, the unnamed sufferer mentioned he had simply stepped into the locker room to get modified when the lights have been turned off. Someone mentioned it was “freshman initiation day,” and a Tenth-grader started hitting the ninth-grader.

The ninth-grader’s arms have been pinned down, and he was flipped over onto his again, the affidavit states. He was then sexually assaulted with a baseball bat as different college students regarded on and cheered, it says.

The subsequent day, the freshman scholar instructed college officers what had occurred. And then, nothing.

“The two of them see each other every day as they are on the same baseball team,” the affidavit goes on.

On Feb. 11, police investigators confirmed up at Midland Christian and spoke with Ellis, the principal of the secondary college. She instructed cops that she was conscious of the incident and that it had been documented. However, Ellis mentioned Lee, the varsity superintendent, was the one one with entry to the recordsdata.

When Ellis instructed Lee in regards to the horrific incident, Lee ordered McClendon and Counts to “conduct an ‘investigation’ into the incident instead of notifying law enforcement or another state agency,” the affidavit explains.

But when Lee contacted police on Feb. 14, he refused to reply any questions or present the documentation to which Ellis had referred, demanding that cops get a search warrant.

The warrant was granted and executed the identical day.

During the search, investigators got entry to “notes” written by McClendon and Counts that documented the incident, in keeping with the affidavit.

In emails between all 5 that have been reviewed by police, “it was made very clear that a sexual assault had occurred, and the school had a duty to report,” the affidavit continues, noting that “there were multiple emails exchanged,” and that “several of the administrators refused to report the incident.”

The 5 have been arrested Wednesday and launched on $5,000 bond. It remains to be unclear whether or not they have retained attorneys to talk on their behalf.

On Thursday, police arrested a student involved in the alleged attack, authorities introduced. No additional particulars have been launched, and the scholar, who’s a juvenile, has not been recognized.

“Our school officials have, and will continue to, cooperate with law enforcement and their investigation,” the president of Midland Christian’s board of trustees told the Reporter-Telegram in an announcement. “Currently, we have qualified acting administrators to supervise the campus, oversee student activities, support faculty, and maintain the day-to-day operation of the school. The physical, spiritual, and emotional safety of our students is the most important responsibility we bear as educators and one we take seriously. We appreciate the support and prayers of our Midland Christian parents, faculty, staff, and students as we continue leading, building, and equipping for Christ.”

The allegations within the Midland Christian case are disturbingly just like these specified by a 2020 civil go well with filed by a scholar at a public college within the Midland suburb of Greenwood. Administrators there stand accused of protecting up repeated sexual assaults of a scholar athlete by his teammates, according to court filings reviewed by The Daily Beast, which say the varsity not solely tried to brush the alleged assaults below the rug, however that it retaliated by “discontinuing a longstanding business relationship” with the sufferer’s father. The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in September.

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