Corsicana ISD teacher arrested for felony indecency with a child

There was another emergency meeting for Corsicana ISD parents after a teacher was arrested on child sex charges.  

Ramon Santuario Mendoza, 48, is a third grade English Arts teacher at Sam Houston Elementary School.

The district says Corsicana ISD Police want parents of third and fourth graders to talk to their students.

A dad who spoke with FOX 4 says his daughter is a potential victim of the Corsicana English teacher. She was one of his third-grade students.

FOX 4 does not typically identify possible sexual assault victims, so we are not using their names or showing their faces.

“She told me this has been going on since September,” the dad said. “She’s scared to talk about it.”

Mendoza was arrested Monday for two felony charges of indecency with a child. The district says more third and fourth-grade students, who have had him as a teacher in his two years at Sam Houston Elementary, are coming forward for forensic interviews.

“We have just been inundated with more potential victims,” said Corsicana ISD Spokesperson Susan Johnson.

Corsicana ISD says a third grader told a school counselor last week about Mendoza touching her inappropriately. That same day, Mendoza was put on leave.

A second child made a similar claim, and parents received a note from the district stating Mendoza had been removed from the classroom without any explanation why.

The concerned father is one of more than a dozen third-grade parents who met with Corsicana ISD Police before school Tuesday to talk about the investigation. Within a few hours, his daughter was interviewed at the Navarro County Children’s Advocacy Center. He says when he told his daughter about Mendoza’s arrest, she glowed.

“Tears of joy just came out of her eyes. I saw her smiling and glowing and made me feel so good. I was like, yes my baby is happy,” the dad said. “It only lasted about 10 minutes. And she asked me, ‘Daddy, what am I going to do when he comes back?’ I said, ‘That’s what you’re worried about?’ I said, ‘This guy will never touch you again. You don’t have to worry about that. He won’t touch any student.’”

Parents and the school district that more charges are expected to be filed against Mendoza.