LAFAYETTE, Ind. (March 12, 2015) -- Details continue to evolve in the case involving a 19-year-old Lafayette school employee charged with molesting a 13-year-old girl. Lafayette police say JoseMaria Gonzalez met his victim at the bus stop and molested her over a course of several months.
Gonzalez, a special education teacher's assistant for the Lafayette School Corporation, was not going to be allowed back in the classroom after his arrest last week, the superintendent of schools made that clear. Now we know even more what led up to Gonzalez being charged with molestation.
According to the court documents, Gonzalez came to the girl's bus stop before school on a regular basis starting in December 2014. The documents also say Gonzalez fondled the teen and that he asked her to touch his privates. The girl said the touching was a regular thing at the bus stop until February 2015. In March, Lafayette police received information from Child Protective Services. Not long after that, police Sgt. Jay Rosen phoned Gonzalez and suggested he come to police headquarters. Gonzalez admitted to meeting the girl at the bus stop in the mornings and knew she was 13. Gonzalez also told investigators the two kissed at his house in Lafayette.
Since this could happen anywhere, IMPD East District Lt. Brian Churchill says it's important for parents to talk to their kids.
"I think if a situation starts to occur, if a child knows ahead of time what they should do, they'll do it," Churchill said.
The 13-year-old girl was not a student at the Lafayette School Corporation. Gonzalez is facing six counts of molestation and has been fired from his job at Amelia Earhart Elementary School.