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February 26, 2013

Former teacher’s assistant charged with sexually abusing a child

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“There’s nothing to cover up,” Easley said. “The case was not overlooked; it was investigated. There is no preferential treatment because of the fact (Flores’ father was) a law enforcement officer.”

Maus and other parents filed lawsuits that were settled against the Norman school district in 2007. Maus said her recent speaking out about Flores is not related to that lawsuit.

“(It’s) rather about the failure of the community systems to investigate the abuse of vulnerable disabled children for over a decade. My speaking out on this very important situation is to make sure that parents of children who may have knowledge of Mr. Flores’ actions can get their children the help that they need,” Maus said.

Several allegations were made in the most recent lawsuit filed Feb. 19 against Norman Public Schools, Superintendent Joe Siano, Christopher Flores and former NPS teacher Carolyn Shave.

Aside from the allegation that NPD was covering up for Flores because his father was a police officer, there was an allegation that NPS and Siano knowingly and purposefully kept information about abuse from being made known to parents.

The lawsuit further stated that NPS did not properly supervise and train Flores and negligently rehired Flores after being placed on notice of harm to children in Carolyn Shave’s classroom.

Shave had been previously arrested for drug possession but was not placed on administrative leave after being arrested. After allegations of abuse were made known, she was moved to a new school, the lawsuit stated.

“Under information and belief, Defendant NPS and Siano approved the moving of Flores and Shave to new schools, after being made aware of harm to children,” the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit also makes an allegation that Siano was made aware of Flores’ inappropriate actions toward a small boy the first semester Flores was employed at NPS, and Siano allegedly took no action to suspend and scrutinize Flores’ interactions with small children.

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