Lawsuit alleges Pecos school district ignored child sexual abuses

Lawsuit alleges Pecos school district ignored child sexual abuses

From the Las Vegas Optic

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last week accuses the Pecos Independent School District of having a “history of indifference” toward child rape and sexual abuse, and of failing to prevent sexual assaults within the district.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a minor identified as “Jane Doe,” a resident of Pecos. It alleges that former boys basketball assistant coach Joshua G. Rico sent Snapchat invitations to Jane Doe using aliases, and that behind those pseudonyms, Rico coaxed the girl into sending him sexually explicit photos and videos that he later used to blackmail her.

Rico first sent Jane Doe a Snapchat invite in the summer of 2018, using his real name, and later used fake accounts to send additional invites, the suit alleges.
Rico was hired as the assistant boys basketball coach in December 2018 as a contracted worker, meaning he was not teaching at the school. The suit alleges that by the fall of 2018, Rico had been spotted watching the girl several times as she went from the middle school to the high school gyms, once as she exited the locker room and at least once while she played in a basketball game.

In the spring of 2019, Jane Doe received another Snapchat invite, this time from a username she did not recognize. She accepted the invite, not knowing Rico was behind the account, the suit alleges. The two exchanged several messages in which he called her “beautiful” and “pretty.” When she asked how old he was, Rico asked her to tell him first. She said she was 14; Rico replied saying he was 15.

Following several weeks of chatting, Rico — still using an alias — asked Jane Doe to send him a nude photo. When she did, he responded by sending her a picture of his penis, according to the lawsuit and an arrest affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

The girl received another request from a different username she didn’t recognize — a second alias used by Rico, according to the suit. Behind the second alias, Rico said “if you don’t do what I tell you to do, I will send your naked pictures to everyone.” He also sent her a nude photo of herself as proof he had them, along with nude photos of other girls she knew. He soon began demanding daily nude photos and sexual videos from her, and would send her explicit photos of himself.

Using that second alias, in January 2020, Rico told Jane Doe she had to send a friend request to him at his real accounts on other social media platforms, and said she would have to perform oral sex on him. If she didn’t, he said the nude photos and videos of her would be shared with others, according to the lawsuit.