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May 2, 2013

Former PAM student files suit against Orangefield ISD

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No legal action was ever brought against McFarlin and the lawsuit says a deal was made between McFarlin and past Orangefield ISD Superintendent Mike Gentry that McFarlin would “resign now and the matter will not be spoken of again.” McFarlin did resign from his job at Orangefield High School.

“Orangefield continued to conceal this incident, including from Port Arthur when Port Arthur inquired about McFarlin prior to hiring him, and lied by saying McFarlin resigned because of a divorce in the family,” the lawsuit reads.

McFarlin was then hired less than two years after leaving Orangefield. 

Port Arthur’s director of personnel is said in the lawsuit to have testified Orangefield informed him that it had no concerns regarding McFarlin.

The lawsuit finishes up McFarlin’s education career by describing Doe’s story of how the student and teacher formed a relationship.

“On October 3, 2011, McFarlin took Jenny back to the Pleasure Island parking lot, where he had sex with her in his truck,” the lawsuit reads. “Over the next several months, McFarlin sexually abused Jenny numerous times. He would remove Jenny from her second period classes and sexually abuse her in his empty classroom. On one occasion he even took her to the football locker rooms to have sex with her.”

The lawsuit ends by stating Orangefield’s decision to mislead Port Arthur prevented McFarlin from abusing children.

“And it did so knowing Port Arthur was inquiring for the purpose of hiring McFarlin to be around children and knowing that disclosure was obviously necessary to prevent McFarlin from abusing children,” the document reads. “It had both a legal and a moral obligation to take each aforementioned action, yet it simply swept the incident under the rug.”

Port Arthur is being sued in the lawsuit for not investigating McFarlin’s past even after “numerous flags” were raised about his past.

Doe is suing McFarlin for the sexual abuse which allegedly took place over the course of several months in 2011-2012.

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