SEATTLE -- A registered sex offender attending Roosevelt High School has been criminally charged again -- this time, with raping a special education student in an on-campus bathroom.
This occurred just two weeks after KIRO Team 7 Investigators first revealed the fact that the Seattle School District has been quietly mainstreaming juvenile sex offenders.
Our extensive research identified hundreds of students attending public schools in Washington who were previously convicted of rape, child molestation, and sexual assault. The Seattle district claimed it had nine offenders enrolled.
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Now, Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne has new questions about the apparent failure of the Seattle Schools plan to keep all students safe.
This latest rape case is going to be a public relations nightmare for Seattle Schools, and a potential liability for taxpayers.
Court documents show an 18-year-old junior at Roosevelt High School groomed a 9th-grade girl with special needs into a "dating relationship," then used the privacy of the schools bathroom to sexually assault her.
Even though he was a level-two registered sex offender, the Seattle School district welcomed Jose Rafael Reyes into its classrooms. They didn't tell other students -- or their parents -- about his past.
At 15-years-old, Reyes was convicted of indecent liberties with force. Previously sealed juvenile court records obtained by KIRO Team 7 Investigators show he used Pokémon-like trading cards to lure child victims.
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While still serving a suspended sentence for that crime, police said that in May, Reyes committed third-degree rape at Roosevelt High School. The victim was in special ed. The charge was first reported Tuesday by SeattleCrime.com.
Fellow students couldn't believe district officials kept this all secret.
"That's so scary," said one student. "He used to call me and text me all the time."
"They should tell the students or warn the students," said another student. "If they're out there, then they shouldn't be able to be in school."
"If no one knows about it, no one is going to be aware or looking out for that," said another student.
Last month, Seattle School District spokesperson Patti Spencer defended its mainstreaming of sex offenders, saying each criminal had a special safety plan. She said the district keeps a close watch on the offenders.
"We do have a very strong process, procedure, plan and monitoring in place," Spencer said. "There are a very small number of these student in the district, and we absolutely stay on top of monitoring to insure a safe and secure environment for every student."
Now Spencer refuses to go back on camera to explain how the system reportedly failed so miserably.
As part of our prior investigation, Team 7 Investigators created a website where parents can go see where registered sex offenders in 51 districts attend classes.
We now know the Seattle School district provided us with inaccurate material when they told us they had zero offenders at Roosevelt High School.
Seattle School spokesperson Spencer also refused to provide a written statement Tuesday, but here's what we gleaned from a short phone conversation with her:
She said, "We are very concerned for the victim in this case and we hope something like this never happens again."
In addition, we discovered the principal at Roosevelt High knew about Reyes' past, but administration did not.
i sat next to him in spanish in freshman year and he would always be looking at porn on his psp.
shits fucked up
sparknotes: this guy gets a special ed girl to go into the girls bathroom with him to make out then he rapes her