Ramon Santuario-Mendoza, the former third grade teacher indicted on multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child, was again released from the Navarro County Jail Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, after posting bonds totaling $276,000.
Mendoza was first arrested in April on six charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact.
He posted bonds totaling $450,000 toward his release, but was rearrested five days later by the Navarro County Sheriff's Office, Corsicana ISD Police, and the United States Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force, and charged with six more counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact.
In June, a Navarro County Grand Jury returned one indictment for continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, and seven for indecency with a child by sexual contact against Mendoza.
“There are seven cases pending against Ramon Santuario-Mendoza. Four of the cases previously had bonds set at $100,000 each. He previously posted bond on those cases,” District Attorney Will Dixon stated in a Facebook post addressing the release.
Although the grand jury recommended no bond be set on the three most recent charges against him, Judge James Lagomarsino granted the defense's motion, setting two bonds of $100,000 and one for $76,000, totaling $276,000.
The state objected to the request.
“The defendant’s attorney filed a motion for bond to be set on the three cases without bond. There was a hearing and the state objected to a bond being set, and requested a very high bond be set if the court decided to set a bond. The state also requested that if the court gave a bond, that the defendant surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor,” Dixon stated.
Under the conditions of his bond, he is required to remain in Navarro County; his passport was ordered to be given to the court; he must wear an ankle monitor and report to probation once a week. He was also ordered to stay away from areas where children are located and stay off social media.