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February 26, 2013

Former teacher’s assistant charged with sexually abusing a child

NORMAN — A preliminary hearing conference has been scheduled for a former Norman Public Schools teacher’s aide recently charged with sexually abusing a child.

Christopher Flores, 30, of Norman, was charged with two counts of lewd molestation or indecent proposal to a child earlier this month. A preliminary hearing conference for Flores is set for 1 p.m. today.

According to the affidavit filed with the charge, Flores admitted to touching the 9-year-old boy and relative on three separate occasions.

As of Monday, Flores remained in custody at Cleveland County jail. His bond was set at $150,000. He unsuccessfully sought release on a personal recognizance bond on Feb. 15.

“The recent charges brought against Mr. Flores have absolutely no connection to Norman Public Schools,” NPS spokeswoman Shelly Hickman said.

According to a civil lawsuit filed last week in Cleveland County District Court, Flores has a history of inappropriate conduct with children.

Complaints from Norman parents involving Flores began in 2002 when Tammy Maus reported him on an allegation of inappropriate behavior to a child, unrelated to Maus, who she knew through a professional relationship, she said.

“I reported it to the Cleveland County DHS office as well as to Norman Public School Administration, since Mr. Flores was the aide in my child’s classroom at the time,” Maus said this past week.

Soon after, Maus’ son was interviewed by a DHS employee and Norman Police Detective Jose Chavez at the Mary Abbott House. Maus said she is aware that another child also was interviewed at the Abbott House concerning her report.

Norman Police Captain Tom Easley said when Det. Chavez investigated the case, he took everything he could find to the District Attorney and the DA didn’t think there was enough evidence to file charges.

In the lawsuit filed last week, allegations were made that the situation with Flores was a “cover-up” because Flores’ father was a police officer.

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