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Former Teacher's Aide Accused of Abusing Students Charged with New Sexual Abuse Crimes
The Cleveland County District Attorney's Office filed charges against a former teacher's aid. Christopher Flores, 30, is charged with two felony counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child.
According to court documents, a child reported Flores "touched his 'dirty business'." The documents say Flores admitted to three occasions where he touched the boy saying "he received 'satisfaction' or 'excitement' from doing so."
Flores was a teacher's aide for Norman Public Schools from 2001 to 2010. The some of the alleged incidents date back to when he was a district employee, but did not involve a student. In a statement, the district said it was aware of the charges.
"The district has not been contacted by the District Attorney's office concerning Mr. Flores and is not aware of any connection between his charges and the district. Mr. Flores was a defendant in lawsuits filed against the district and those lawsuits were settled as to Mr. Flores and all other defendants. The district has no reason to believe that the criminal charges filed against Mr. Flores are connected to the prior lawsuits," Norman Public Schools said in a statement.
Flores was one of 21 defendants sued in 2007 for alleged abuse of students. The lawsuit claimed Flores and a teacher physically and psychologically abused students in a special needs class, including locking children in a closet, slamming students' head into desks, and forcing them to run hundreds of laps at recess.
That lawsuit was settle in federal court in 2010.
Parents said they always suspected sexual abuse was also occurring. Paul Maus, a father who was part of the original lawsuit, said Flores would take children back to his apartment as a reward.
"As a teacher bringing student to your personal residence during school hours seemed awkward," Maus said.
Maus said he's also concerned there could be other victims who suffered from physical or psychological abuse in Flores' classes.
"Many years ago we saw it taking place and we were concerned that it would repeat again," he said.
Alex Bednar represented Maus and other families in 2007. He tells Fox 25 there another family has come forward and they will file lawsuit against Flores next week. Bednar said he is also concerned there could be other victims.
Posted: Friday, February 15 2013, 09:54 PM CST
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Safe room mandates remain rare in tornado states
May 24, 2013 07:24 GMT
By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- When a deadly tornado tore through the central Oklahoma city of Moore, many survivors emerged from their storm shelters to see their homes blown away.
The mayor suggested that storm shelters should perhaps be mandated for new homes. But that may be hard sell.
But not a single state currently requires storm shelters in new homes. And not even many communities do so.
Costs remain a deterrent despite the life-saving potential of personal storm shelters. So, too, does a general resistance to government mandates in politically conservative states in the nation's heartland where tornadoes are most prevalent.
Instead of a stick, Oklahoma currently offers a carrot to build storm shelters. It uses federal funds to award $2,000 rebates to residents who win a special storm-shelter lottery.
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