A high school teacher at a Texas high school was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on a school bus on New Year’s Eve, and her former school board member told a Texas newspaper he was shocked that her story had been covered by the national media.
In a recent interview with the Austin American-Statesman, Dr. Jeffrey Wojcik, dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, said he was “surprised” the incident had come to light, and that the dean had asked his office to investigate the allegation.
Wojcick, who did not speak on the record, said the incident occurred on the evening of Dec. 31 at the Cedar Creek Academy of Arts and Sciences in Dallas, about 35 miles from the capital.
Woscik said the alleged assault happened on a bus in a parking lot on the Cedar-Riverside campus, and it’s unclear what role a person with the initials “C.R.A.” played in the sexual assault.
A report to the Cedar River Academy board of trustees from a sexual assault task force identified the man as C.R., but the report did not identify the alleged victim, who is not identified in the report.
The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that Wojcyk has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
The Cedar Creek Board of Trustees released a statement saying Woscick was placed on leave and the board would investigate the allegations and determine the appropriate next steps.WOSCIK told the newspaper that he was in charge of sexual assault prevention, but did not elaborate on how he determined that someone with the name C. R.A. should be in charge.
The Austin American Statesman reported that Woscyk did not respond to an email requesting comment.
Dan Patrick has said the case is under review by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Wooscik has said in the past that he is a victim of sexual abuse.
In the wake of the attack, he wrote in a blog post that “one of my biggest fears is that my daughter will be targeted in some way, and I want to be able to say to her: ‘It’s not me.’
I don’t know what that means.”
The Cedar-Creek Academy of Sciences did not immediately respond to requests for comment.