Trinity Lutheran School in downtown Houston where teacher is accused of organizing a pen pal program between youngsters and child molester. Screen shot via Google Maps.
A private 4th grade school teacher in Houston, Texas has been placed on administrative leave after authorities found out she was encouraging and facilitating a letter writing campaign between her young students and a convicted pedophile. The teacher, Laura Perry, allegedly had her 4th grade students start a pen-pal relationship with Rickey R. Rowlett, who was recently convicted of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 14 for 3 consecutive years.
Students letters were found inside Rowlett’s jail cell when jail officials were transferring him between cell units. According to the Houston Chr0nicle, the student’s letters contained personal information including their ages, where they lived and offers to meet them after Rowlett was released from prison.
Laura Perry is a teacher of students attending a private religious school, Trinity Lutheran Church and School in downtown Houston. The average age of fourth graders is between 9 and 10-years-old.
The letter writing campaign was allegedly fostered by Perry because she is friends with the sexual predator. Ms. Perry apparently told the students that the convicted child molester was innocent. Furthermore, Perry’s husband, Blake Perry, has a previous record of indictment for possessing child pornography in Harris County, Texas.
Now parents are suing the school, claiming the principal, Amy Boatman, and the Pastor, Michael Dorn, didn’t do enough to protect their children. Parents argue administrators should have looked into who the children were corresponding with and their record. Rowlett’s record was easily accessible in a Google search, the complaint said. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that Laura Perry’s husband, Blake, had access to their children.
The lawsuit, which keeps the complainants anonymous states, “No mention was made by Trinity regarding this scheme to have minor children make this contact with an accused child molester.”
The complaint goes on to say:
“The children were told by Laura Perry that Rickey Rea Rowlett had kidnapped his grandchildren to keep them from harm by parents or others. In reality, Rowlett had been accused of aggravated sexual assault (continuous child sex abuse with a victim under 14) of his grandchildren.”
“…[Laura Perry]…allowed Rowlett to establish a rapport with the children and establishing them as potential future victims of his and others.”
“Laura Perry would give them [to] her father, who would repackage them in a larger envelope or package for delivery to Rowlett to avoid detection as ‘contraband’ by the jail.”
Pastor Dorn reportedly held a meeting with the parents on March 26, whereby he seemed to defend the actions of Ms. Perry, her husband and suggested to the angry crowed that accused child molesters are innocent until proven guilty. The Pastor allegedly said that because the letters were sent while Rowlett was still awaiting trial (he is now convicted), that Perry was within her moral and legal right.
It wasn’t until the outrage of the parents became so intense that the school subsequently fired Perry.
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