District faces lawsuit: Claims of sexual harassment, abuse by teacher, coach

HARLINGEN — Claims of sexual harassment, romantic pursuit and the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District failing to notify the proper authorities of the situation to protect its students, have resulted in a lawsuit being filed.

The father of a local high school student is bringing a monetary action in federal court against HCISD on behalf of his daughter, who is said to have been repeatedly sexually assaulted on school grounds by one of the district’s teachers.

The suit, which was filed earlier this week, states the abuse occurred during a period of months in the 2014-15 school year when the girl was 15 and a student in the teacher’s class.

The claim names that teacher as Robert Amitrani, also an assistant coach for the girls volleyball and softball teams. He died on July 31, 2015.

Attorney Ricardo Garcia is representing the father in this matter and is suing on the basis the school district violated federal Title IX laws that protect students against sex discrimination.

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