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May 2, 2013

Former PAM student files suit against Orangefield ISD

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ORANGE —

The lawsuit filed with Orange County District Clerk Vickey Edgerly. 

Doe’s lawsuit stated when the indictment against McFarlin for sexually abusing Jenny was reported that a former student at LC-M High School came forward with accusations of sexual harassment.

“She disclosed that McFarlin would tell girls about the size of his penis and offer to take them out ‘and show them the real world,’” the lawsuit reads. “Further, she relayed that she witnessed McFarlin having sexual intercourse with her friend - a fellow classmate and student of McFarlin’s - on the high school campus. She stated that McFarlin’s behavior was well known at the school.”

Doe’s lawsuit said in April 2004 McFarlin spoke with school administrators regarding inappropriate comments about his sex life made to his students. McFarlin allegedly acknowledged that he was accused of the same thing the prior year and then denied making the comments. McFarlin resigned from Nederland a month later and no action was taken on the accusations.

The lawsuit continues then to state McFarlin’s brother-in-law at the time was a coach at Orangefield High School and helped secure him a job.

“One year after being hired, McFarlin was accused of acting unprofessionally with and making inappropriate sexual remarks toward female students,” the lawsuit reads. “Orangefield suspended McFarlin with pay as a result of those allegations. Orangefield ultimately reinstated him, however, when a student close to McFarlin told the district the other student’s accusations were untrue.”

Six months later a fellow teacher at Orangefield reportedly was told McFarlin was staying with a student for a holiday weekend “to have sex.”

“It turns out that this student was the same one McFarlin used to discredit the previous girls’ allegations of misconduct against him,” Doe’s lawsuit states. “In effect, McFarlin was using one child, whom he was sexually abusing or preparing to abuse, to discredit the other children who complained of his sexual advances.”

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