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Houston, TX – Osvaldo Flores, a 23-year-old former volleyball coach at YES Prep Southwest Secondary School, has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies related to the sexual assault of minors.

Prep School Volleyball Coach Charged With Sexually Abusing Students

Flores faces two counts of sexual assault of a child, one count of improper relationship with a student, and one count of sexual performance by a child. He is currently held on a $315,000 bond. His bond conditions require him to stay 1,000 feet away from places where children gather and prohibit contact with anyone 17 years old or younger.

The charges involve two teenagers who attended YES Prep Southwest Secondary School. One victim was 15 years old, and the other was 17 at the time of the alleged assaults.

Investigation Details Led to Discovery of Second Victim

The investigation began in October 2023 when the 15-year-old victim’s mother reported an incident after finding her daughter in Flores’ car late at night. This led to the discovery of a second victim, aged 17.

Charges Against Volleyball Coach

According to charging documents:

Flores allegedly sent inappropriate messages to the 15-year-old after she posted a picture on Instagram.
The 17-year-old reported that Flores followed her into a storage closet on campus multiple times, engaging in unwanted physical contact.
Flores allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to the 17-year-old and other team members.

Flores Terminated After Sexual Abuse Allegations

When confronted by investigators and school faculty, Flores reportedly admitted to the sexual assaults in the school gym. YES Prep terminated Flores’ employment in October 2023 following an internal investigation.

Prep School’s Response to Coach’s Arrest

YES Prep released a statement confirming they immediately placed Flores on leave upon receiving the initial complaint. They conducted an investigation, ended his employment, and reported the case to the Houston police and the Texas Education Agency.

Legal Recourse for Victims of Prep School Sex Abuse

In the aftermath of the disturbing allegations against former YES Prep volleyball coach Osvaldo Flores, questions arise about the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse in educational settings. To address these concerns, we spoke with Anjali Nigam, a seasoned Texas attorney specializing in child sexual abuse cases. Ms. Nigam offers valuable information on the rights of victims, the potential liability of educational institutions, and the steps families can take to hold perpetrators and negligent parties accountable. This interview aims to provide clarity and guidance for those affected by similar situations, highlighting the importance of prompt action and proper legal representation in these sensitive cases.

Laurence Banville, Esq.: Ms. Nigam, what legal rights do victims have in cases like this?

Anjali Nigam, Esq.: Victims of sexual abuse by teachers have the right to pursue both criminal and civil cases. While the criminal case is handled by prosecutors, victims can file civil lawsuits against the abuser and potentially the school for damages.

Banville: How can schools be held accountable in these situations?

Nigam: Schools can be held liable if they were negligent in hiring, supervising, or retaining the abusive teacher. This could include failing to conduct proper background checks, ignoring red flags or complaints, or not following mandated reporting laws.

Banville: What advice would you give to victims and their families?

Nigam: I urge victims to report the abuse to law enforcement and seek immediate legal counsel. There are often time limits for filing civil claims, so it’s important to act promptly. Additionally, victims should document everything and seek mental health support.

Banville: Thank you for your insights, Ms. Nigam.

Support and Legal Guidance for Victims and Families

If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse by a teacher or coach, remember that you’re not alone. Our team of compassionate and experienced attorneys is here to help you navigate this difficult time. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss your case, explain your legal rights, and outline potential paths forward. Don’t let fear or uncertainty prevent you from seeking the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to speak with a knowledgeable child sexual abuse attorney who can guide you through the legal process and fight for your rights. Your well-being is our top priority, and we’re committed to supporting you every step of the way.

Source:

https://abc13.com/post/prep-volleyball-coach-osvaldo-flores-charged-sexually-assaulting/14951290/

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