Antonian assistant coach fired over alleged 'up-skirt' videos of students

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by Andrew Delgado & Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on February 27, 2014 at 7:29 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- An assistant football coach at a local high school was fired after being accused of secretly making 'up-skirt' video recordings of students, according to the Castle Hills Police Department.

Larry Ruiz, 28, was an assistant football coach at Antonian College Preparatory High School.

Female students told school staff that Ruiz was placing his cellphone on the floor and recording video up their skirts, according to CHPD. Investigators told KENS 5 there is a possibility that multiple victims were involved.

Ruiz was immediately pulled from a class he had been substituting on Wednesday. When confronted, Antonian principal Gilbert Saenz said Ruiz admitted to the claims.

The coach was fired and a letter from the school was sent home to parents, informing them of Ruiz's status.

"Some students have been upset," Principal Saenz told KENS 5. "So, we have spoken to them, both at the administrative level, and our counselors have also been active in spending time with them and having them talk through what they may have experienced."

A warrant was being drawn up Thursday afternoon to obtain Ruiz's cellphone, according to CHPD.

Castle Hills police attempted to take Ruiz into custody Wednesday night after being briefed on the case; however, that attempt was unsuccessful, law-enforcement officials said.

The police department is working closely with Antonian officials to conduct a thorough investigation. So far, no charges have been filed against Ruiz.

Ruiz was a part-time assistant football coach and defensive coordinator during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He also coached track and field.

His biography has since been removed from the school's website.

An improper relationship between an educator and a student is a second-degree felony, with a range of punishment between two and 20 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.

Former Antonian basketball coach Breck Ross was sentenced to five years in prison by a Bexar County judge, back in 2011. He was found guilty of having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student he had been coaching.

The following is the school's letter in its entirety:

Dear Parents,

We were alerted today about a potential problem with one of our part-time football and track coaches who was substituting a sophomore/junior classes today. His name is Larry Ruiz. They reported what seemed to be improper videoing of students.

This teacher has been dismissed from employment with Antonian and the case, along with his phone, have been turned over to the Castle Hills police. They will be conducting an investigation into this matter. Archdiocesan officials have also been notified about this occurrence.

If your son/daughter has information about this individual relevant to this case, please contact me at 210-421-3739 or the Castle Hills Police Department at 210-342-2341. As we learn information about particular students pictured in these videos, we will be notifying their parents with this information.

Gilbert L. Saenz, Principal

 

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