BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Families of children with special needs are outraged the former Los Fresnos CISD teacher will only service 30 days in jail on the weekends. “You took their innocence” cried Ramon Valdez. His daughter is one of the victims assaulted by Geronimo Martinez.
A Cameron County Grand Jury indicted Geronimo Martinez, a former teacher at Laureles Elementary, for two counts of Injury to a child/disabled individual.
Thursday, Martinez entered a pretrial diversion agreement in the 445th District Court of Judge Gloria Rincones. “Do you understand the terms of the agreement” asked Judge Rincones. “Yes” replied Martinez now with shorter hair than in his booking photo.
The terms of the PTD require Martinez surrender his teaching certification with the Texas Education Agency and serve 30 days in county jail on consecutive weekends starting Friday, June 14th, 2019. “This is not justice” said Fabian Cruces. Drake, his son with Autism, is non-verbal but would have emotional reactions to Geronimo’s face or talking about where he was hurt, “he would use pressure points and hit him in the head.” Said Cruces.
In addition to the 30 days, surrendering of his teaching certification, Martinez’s record will be cleared, according to the agreement in 24 months.
The parents of student involved are in civil litigation with LFCISD and Martinez.