In new court records first reported by the New Mexico Political Report, the mother of a 13-year old boy who was sexually assaulted at a Truth or Consequences education center says the director who is also a state house candidate engaged in “negligence” and “outrageous conduct” by putting her own political ambitions ahead of justice for her child.
According to court records, Rebecca Dow is the founder and director of AppleTree Educational Center who hired Alejandro Hernandez to work with young children in the center and associated Boys and Girls Club in TorC.
The court filings came after the victim’s family had been unable to gain cooperation from Dow to determine if Dow had conducted a background check and proper training for Hernandez. Dow has since claimed that a background check was conducted.
On an AppleTree-sponsored overnight trip, that employee sexually assaulted two children. He was arrested, pled guilty and is currently in prison serving his sentence.
Mom says that after her son was sexually molested in her facility, Rebecca Dow sent the family a bill for “services”
The court documents also contain a copy of a bill which, according to the victim’s lawyer, was sent to the family a bill for “services” the family had received.
And as if that wasn’t enough, this.
The mother says that after learning that the victims had contacted a lawyer about holding Dow and AppleTree accountable for the molestation of her son, Dow pressured her not to file charges by implying that she would lose her job:
All of this occurred while Dow was contemplating a run for State Representative, as the court records allege: