A 53-year-old teacher accused of sexually abusing two students was arrested Wednesday morning. Police say more children are now coming forward with allegations.
Jorge Ruiz teaches at Kramer Elementary School in North Dallas. He’s charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child, a first-degree felony and was placed on leave.
The kids at the elementary school brought home letters from the district that said a Pre-K teacher in the bilingual department was away while dealing with a "personal matter" That matter, according to Dallas police, is criminal.
Police say they learned about the first allegation on Monday. They described it as a delayed outcry from a girl who pointed to an abuse that happened about eight years ago when she was 7 years old and a student at Kramer Elementary.
Since Monday, detectives learned of a second possible student victim but did not give details on when the abuse is alleged to have happened in that case.
Assistant Chief Christina Smith says police are planning to speak to still a couple more children who may have been abused.
“Currently, there are possible additional victims that have come forward who have been scheduled for interviews. Anyone with information regarding this offense or any other victims involving arrestee Ruiz should contact Detective Mayfield,” she said. “I would encourage the parents to discuss these situations with their kids Listen to their children because children will give them information.”
Smith says the two children interviewed so far were identified before the case became public.
In a written statement, DISD said, "This is a very serious matter. While we are unable to comment on this personnel issue involving a teacher, we can share that the individual has been placed on administrative leave.”
Some parents were shocked to find out about Ruiz’s arrest. They described him as a popular, well-liked teacher.
Ruiz is being held in the Lew Sterrett Jail on two $100,000 bonds.