APS, former teacher named in lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The girl who was bombarded with sexual text messages by her fifth grade teacher, is suing him, and APS.

Last November Jacob Lawler apologized before he was sentenced to three years in prison for sending one of his 5th grade Edward Gonzalez Elementary students thousands of sexual text messages a few years back.

The girl was 11 at the time.

“I don’t wish we never got caught, I’m glad we did because things could have gotten a lot worse,” the victim said.

In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday against Lawler and APS the girl and her family claim APS is just as guilty as Lawler.

The suit claims, “APS had a duty to properly screen, hire, train, monitor, supervise and/or discipline staff.”

And that APS has tolerated and/or encouraged an ongoing, widespread and pervasive culture of inappropriate and abusive behavior.

A reference to a string of teachers arrested for committing sex crimes against students in recent years.

APS has declined to comment.

The lawsuit also sheds new light on just how bad the sexting was. It claims Lawler sent the girl up to a 150 text messages a day, including nude photos of each other.

It also claims Lawler sent many of the messages to the girl while they were in class, as he was teaching.

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