Father says 4-year-old son sexually assaulted at north Houston school

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 12:40 AM

HOUSTON -- A north Houston father says he feels compelled to speak out after he claims his 4-year-old son was sexually assaulted at school.

Benito Navarro claims it happened on Monday at Highland Heights Elementary, located on Paul Quinn Street.

The Pre-K student alleges that he was grabbed and groped by another peer inside the boy’s bathroom.

According to Benito Navarro, the alleged assault resulted in an injury to his son’s genitals.

“It took him a long time to explain it. What caught his mom’s eyes was that he had blood on his underwear,” said Navarro. “I can’t cry no more because it’s anger.”

Navarro took his son to the hospital and filed a report with Houston Police. HPD says the case is being investigated by the juvenile division.

“He tried to express himself to the assistant teacher what was going on,” said Navarro.

He claims his son had been wetting himself in the weeks prior and refusing to use the school bathroom. He’s now convinced it’s because his child was being taunted by this same boy.

“Who knows, that little boy may be suffering,” said Navarro. “If this is going on with my son, how many other kids has it gone on with?”

Navarro believes it is the school’s responsibility to inform parents what happened to his son. He claims the principal is refusing to do that.

“She was like, well, my administrators said that we didn’t have to contact everybody. I said, you’re not going to contact no other parents and tell them? [She said] Oh, no,” explained Navarro.

That answer isn’t sitting well with Navarro.

He’s on a crusade to inform other parents because he feels that they have a right to know.

“One way or another I’m going to make sure everybody knows what happened to him,” added Navarro. “If I have to knock door to door or pass out fliers on the street corner….that’s fine.”

Navarro has pulled his 4-year-old son and his three other kids from Highland Heights Elementary. They will be attending another elementary school in the area.

Houston Independent School District released the following written statement to KHOU:

“School officials at Highland Heights Elementary are investigating an incident involving a minor student who reported being inappropriately touched by another student. Upon learning this, officials immediately reported the information to the appropriate authorities. Because the investigation involves minors and is ongoing there is limited information that can be shared. The safety of our students is our top priority and we will continue to monitor the situation.”

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