Rio Grande City
Several reports issued over the weekend declare a grand jury has returned indictments against 2 individuals on a class A misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse in connection to sexual assault case for which the main suspect is a former Rio Grande City Boys and Girls Club employee. Over three months ago on Friday, April 4, former club mentor, Jason Solis, was arrested and stands accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
According to prosecutors, the 14-year-old victim who was attending the club told former club employee, Nancy Garcia, that Jason Solis, sexually assaulted her. According to one description of events, former club director, Dina Pena Garcia, then reported the matter to her director but neither, Garcia, or Pena Garcia, reported it to the proper authorities.
At a special meeting of the City Commission of Rio Grande City held on Sunday morning, April 13, the City Commission voted to suspend RGC manager Matt Z. Ruszczak, with pay, pending an ongoing investigation. According to City attorney at the time, Jacqueline R. Salinas, the suspension was related to the ongoing instigation by the District Attorney’s Office in connection with the club’s sexual assault case.
Late last week however, on Saturday, August 2, suspended Rio Grande City manager Ruszczak released the following statement via social media; “I would like to thank the 229th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Omar Escobar and his staff, for their thorough and professional investigation. I would also like to thank my attorney, Mr. Gocha Allen Ramirez, for his dedication to the law, his passion for what is right, and his unwavering support of his clients. Furthermore, I would like to thank the members of the Starr County Grand Jury for their service to the community and clearing my name. Last, but certainly not least, I would thank all of you who stood by me over the past three and a half months and provided continuous support, encouragement and motivation to continue serving others during this difficult time. Thank you to all of you, from the bottom of my heart.”
According to Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to 180 days and/or a fine of up to $2,000