Friday, April 11, 2008

Breaking the trust

Very sad situation and scary. As a father with a daughter in JROTC I know she and her fellow cadets look up to their leaders and trust and admire them. It is a shame that someone can and will misuse their position and the trust placed in them by the cadets and their parents.

From what I can discern this is an anomaly. The vast majority of the JROTC leaders are trustworthy and honorable individuals.

Ex-ROTC instructor indicted on charges

A Bexar County grand jury on Thursday indicted a former East Central High School ROTC instructor on charges that he had sexual contact with three female students, officials said.

Fred Casanova, 60, was indicted on 16 counts, including indecency with a child and engaging in an improper relationship between an educator and a student.

Casanova, who taught at East Central High from 1997 until he was fired last October, allegedly had sexual contact with the students, all of whom were younger than 17, from March 2006 until October 2007. He could not be reached for comment.

"These girls were not having a relationship. It was without their consent," said Adriana Biggs, chief of the county's White Collar Crime Division.

East Central School District officials were unable to provide further details Thursday afternoon about the alleged incidents.